This is what the new time zone map looks like based on the final rule adopted by the U.S. Department of Transportation today. The red-shaded areas will observe Central Daylight Savings Time, while the remainder of the state will observe Eastern Daylight Savings Time.
Masson's Blog, which has covered the issue in depth from the outset, has some good commentary on the new rule. House Speaker Brian Bosma seemed quite pleased with the new rule when talking to reporters today. We suspect Gov. Daniels is happy as well since it is pretty much what he asked of USDOT.
The new map works for us, but will it work for the affected communities? As Masson's Blog notes, the first year's observances of DST, April 2 and October 29, fall close to the May primary and the general election this year. Some politicians will learn soon enough how the voters feel about DST.