Should there be one time zone for all of North Dakota?


Time is different in North Dakota depending on where you are. But, how would you feel if there was on one standard time? 

1/4 of our state is on Mountain Time the rest is on central time. There is a bill trying to make central time the official standard time for North Dakota. That could ultimately affect your day to day schedule. 

North Dakota is made up of 53 counties and some are separated by time. 

“It kind of throws me off because I could never if it is ahead or is it behind an hour. So, it kind of confuses me sometimes,” said  Patrick McGurren, North Dakota resident. 

13 counties are on Mountain Time and 40 counties are on Central Time, which could be time consuming and inconvient for both sides of the state.

“I had a brother who lived in Dickinson and when he went to the central zone it was a son of a gun because he would have an appointment lined up and had to constantly check which time he was on. He was coming from Mountain to Central. It is confusing for some people,” said Michael Arnegard, ND resident.

 House Bill No. 1486 could make Central Time the Standard Time.

 “I am a registered nurse and I have to make phone calls to the western part of the state. Depending on where they live I have to look it up because I think to myself, am I calling them at seven in the morning instead of eight in the morning,” said Clara Butland, ND resident.

Those who are opposed say the time zone should be left alone. Some even commented saying, “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.”

The bill has been referred to the Government & Veterans Affairs Committee, It could be heard in the committee as early as next week. 

Last session, a bill to put the state on the same time zone and nix daylight savings failed.

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