Alaska Considering New Time Zone
A bill proposing to move the entire state to 1 time zone is advancing in Alaska Legislature.
Same as California and Washington
The House State Affairs Committee approved Senate Bill 6 on Thursday, April 7, 2016. The original bill was passed in March last year.
For the change to take effect Senate Bill 6 needs to be approved in the House Finance Committee, the full House, and the Senate. Finally, it is up to the U.S. Department of Transportation to give its stamp of approval.
Protests from Businesses
Both businesses and the tourism industry in Alaska have protested against the change, claiming that fewer daylight hours will have a negative effect on their business.
Alaskans have a history of opposing DST. In 2010 a bill to remove DST in Alaska was defeated in the Alaska State Senate.
Time in Alaska
In November 2015, the Metlakatla Indian Community moved from PST to Alaska Standard Time (AKST).