Monday, April 18, 2005

DST Conference Committee News

Legislators heard open testimony on SB127 in conference committee today. The Indy Star featured some pretty humorous quotes (including my favorite):

“We are not the butt of a joke, we’re the bedrock of a nation,” said Marty Voegele of Batesville, who works for a motor sports company in Greensburg. “We are one of three high quality states in the nation that has the guts to stand up for what we believe in.”

Hey! I'll be that's news to the other 47 states -- what are they, low quality? But, I digress. Discussion will resume tomorrow and with four conferees must sign the bill for it to advance. The Indiana legislative session ends April 29. Of course, the entire Central time zone issue is mixed up in all this. Many want the bill to pass with a provision that the governor will seek action from the Federal government to change Indiana's time zone. Sadly, central time defeats the entire purpose of DST for me. No extra hour in the summer -- we'd get the same sun as we get now -- and an hour less daylight in the winter? Bah. Humbug. Stay tuned.

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