Home   Time Zones   Time Zone News   Alaska Considering Time Zone Change

Alaska Considering New Time Zone

RSS

Published 8-Apr-2016

A bill proposing to move the entire state to 1 time zone is advancing in Alaska Legislature.

Lifeboat cruising into Juneau, Alaska, United States.

Harbor of Juneau, Alaska in the US

Alaska is considering changing its time zone to Pacific Standard Time (PST). Harbor of Juneau, Alaska in the United States.

©iStockphoto.com/dbvirago

The bill proposes to shift the entire state of Alaska from its current 2 time zones to Pacific Standard Time (PST) and eliminating Daylight Saving Time (DST).

Same as California and Washington

A change would put Alaska on the same time as California and Washington in the winter months.

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.

Pros and Cons of DST

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

Today most of the state, including the capital, Juneau, uses Alaska Standard Time (AKST). It is 9 hours behind UTC. When DST is in force, clocks in Alaska are 8 hours behind UTC.

Parts of the Aleutian Islands in the far west of the state switch between Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HAST) and Hawaii-Aleutian Daylight Time (HADT)

In November 2015, the Metlakatla Indian Community moved from PST to Alaska Standard Time (AKST).

Advertising

Current time in
Juneau

2:46:46am

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Time Zone Map With DST

Time Zone Map

You might also like

Look Up for Shooting Stars!

Look Up for Shooting Stars!

The Leonid meteor shower is active now and peaks on Nov 17/18. Use our Interactive Meteor Shower Sky Map to see when and where to best see these shooting stars. more

Commuters and tourists in Canary Wharf, London, United Kingdom.

Daylight Saving Time (DST)

Daylight Saving Time (DST) is the practice of setting the clocks forward 1 hour from standard time during the summer months, and back again in the fall, in order to make better use of natural daylight. more

UTC – Coordinated Universal Time

Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) is the basis for civil time today. This 24-hour time standard is kept using highly precise atomic clocks combined with the Earth's rotation. more