Thursday, December 4, 2014
Mexico's House of Deputies can even change the time
Cancún, Quintana Roo -
Mexico's lower legislative chamber, the Cámara de Diputados, created a new national time zone late today, which will cover the Caribbean state of Quintana Roo.
The Southeastern Time Zone (STZ), the nation's fourth, will cause clocks to be advanced one hour in the state which is home to Cancún, Playa del Carmen, Isla de Mujeres, Tulum and other popular destinations.
The House's Energy Committee recommended the addition, which is designed to promote tourism by extending daylight hours for swimming and other outdoor activities. The new zone will put Q.R. state on U.S. Eastern Time, a measure which deputies said would convenience American and Canadian travelers alike.
The STZ will apply only in Quintana Roo. It will afford residents and visitors two additional hours of daylight in summer months, and one in the winter.
The Senate has already passed the bill, so it will head next to the president's desk. It will take effect as soon as it is published in the Federal Register, a compendium of laws approved by the Congress and signed by the chief executive. Q.R.clocks will be moved ahead one hour on Feb. 1, 2015.
To these three time zones a fourth will now be added
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