In a move aimed at fostering greater consistency, a group of Nebraska lawmakers have introduced a resolution to shift the location of the time zone line.
If passed, Legislative Resolution 276 would urge the United States Congress to consider moving all counties located east of the Nebraska panhandle to the central time zone.
Introduced by Senators Ibach, Brandt, Brewer, Holdcroft, Jacobson, and Vargas, the resolution highlighted the perceived advantages of this transition.
“The convenience and uniformity gained from this change would positively impact education, recreation, health care, and religious worship for the counties located east of the Nebraska panhandle as well as benefit the general Nebraska economy,” the Resolution states.
The authority to alter time zones in the United States rests solely with the federal government. Any such change can only be done through federal legislation enacted by the United States Congress or via regulation by the Department of Transportation.
The Resolution specifically urges Congress to enact federal legislation that would designate all counties in Nebraska east of Sheridan County, Garden County, and Deuel County to be part of the central time zone.