HB 1038 which calls for a referendum on Indiana’s time has been introduced, appropriately enough by Rep. Kreg Battles. Battles took the seat of former Rep. Troy “I’ll never vote for it” Woodruff. Woodruff reneged on his promise to his constituents not to vote for Daylight Saving Time. By doing so, he became the deciding vote in passing the Daylight Saving Time bill which had apparently sustained more fatal blows than Rasputin only to keep coming back. Woodruff effectively traded his political life for that of the DST bill.
Battles’ referendum bill calls for a public question on the ballot that asks (1) whether all Indiana should be located in the same time zone; and (2) if all Indiana could be located in the same time zone, whether it should be located in the Central Time Zone or the Eastern Time Zone.
I don’t particularly like the chances of this bill passing, but I don’t see any downside to reminding voters of how DST was adopted without any real consensus.