The Indiana Law Blog has a post entitled Florida story on southern Indiana lawyer’s battle with Indiana clocks. The ILB cites an article in the Palm Beach Post.
As many of you probably recall, prior to the recent DST unpleasantness, pockets of southern Indiana near Cincinnati and Louisville observed Daylight Saving Time illegally. The Palm Beach Post story tells the story of New Albany lawyer, Steven Gustafson who attempted to compel the Secretary of Transportation to enforce the law.
He filed a petition in U.S. District Court to force the secretary of transportation, the federal government’s person in charge of time-change rules, to put everyone in southern Indiana on the same schedule. A year later, Gustafson’s complaint was thrown out.
“The federal court ruled that I was right on the statutes, but that having to sit around for an hour waiting for people did not give me standing to make the secretary of transportation enforce the law,” he said.
A few years after that, all of Indiana went on daylight-saving time, so “the things I was talking about are essentially moot now,” said Gustafson, who nonetheless still hates the time change.
“As far as I’m concerned, the time of day is an astronomical fact that should be immune from government tinkering,” he said.
Given the benign neglect showed to southern Indiana by the Secretary of Transportation when they opted to break the time law, seems like the folks in Pulaski County ought to be a little grumpy with the zealousness with which the USDOT seemed intent on enforcing the time law as it applied to Pulaski County. The USDOT pressured the Pulaski County Commissioners to accept Central Time. One USDOT official was quoted as saying, “We donâ€™t have the authority to look the other way. In the â€™60s the department did so, was sued and lost.”