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AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Times will publish its annual Texan Time Zone guide on Wednesday.
The newspaper’s editor-in-chief, Jim Dornan, wrote in an editorial that his goal in doing so was to provide readers with “an informative and up-to-date guide to the most important details in Texas, as well as a few that will surprise you.”
Dornans editorial comes amid the Texas Legislature and Gov.
Greg Abbott’s effort to overturn a statewide ballot initiative that would have banned daylight saving time from March 1, 2019.
Abbott is one of several Republican governors trying to overturn the measure.
He is also a member of the Texas House of Representatives, where he has pledged to “keep Texas moving forward.”
In a tweet, Dorners comments about Texas’ time zone were later removed.
Dornen told The Texas Star that the article was published in the paper’s newsroom “after extensive consultation with all editorial boards, editorial staff and staff in the Texas Tribune offices.”
“We always strive to provide a high-quality, accurate and complete information service to our readers,” he said.
“It is my hope that the Times’ readers will take advantage of this resource, which is published by the paper in its newsroom, and see for themselves what Texan time is like.”
The Times’ Time Zone Guide The Times will issue the guide in two parts, the first with a time zone guide that provides a brief introduction and an in-depth look at the most salient points in Texas’ state calendar.
The guide will be available at the newspaper’s newsrooms in Austin and Houston and at the website, thetimes.com, the newspaper said in a statement.
The Texas Legislature last week passed a bill that would repeal the state’s statewide daylight saving policy, which was adopted in 2006 to allow Texans to adjust clocks from the spring through the fall.
The new law would have required Texans to move to a new time zone on March 1.
A statewide referendum was defeated in 2014 and voters in all 50 states passed laws changing the state time zone to the new UTC time.
A similar measure passed in Alaska in 2018.
The Times is the first major newspaper in the U.S. to publish a time-zone guide, though other major publications, including The Washington Post, The New York Times and The Guardian, have done so.
Dennan, a longtime Times reporter, said in his editorial that he wanted the Times to be “the first national newspaper to provide accurate information about Texas and our time zone.”
He said he hopes “that our readers will be able to find the information they need to make their own informed decisions.”
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.