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State panel backs switching to all-year daylight saving time

Dave LeMote wipes down a post clock at Electric Time Company, Inc. in Medfield, Mass., Friday, March 7, 2014. Most Americans will set their clocks 60 minutes forward before heading to bed Saturday night, but daylight saving time officially starts Sunday at 2 a.m. local time (0700GMT). (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Dave LeMote wipes down a post clock at Electric Time Company, Inc. in Medfield in 2014. –Elise Amendola/AP Photo/File

One man’s quixotic quest to put ­Massachusetts on daylight saving time all year was endorsed on Wednesday by a state commission formed to study the idea.

If it’s adopted, Massachusetts would move out of the Eastern Standard Time zone.

The panel, charged with studying whether Massachusetts should switch to Atlantic­ Standard Time, concluded in a draft report that the advantages would outweigh the disadvantages. Namely, the annual disruption in March, when clocks “spring’’ forward one hour to daylight saving time, would be eliminated and sunlight would last until later in the day during winter.

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