On March 28, the Maryland House of Delegates unanimously passed House Bill 1462, which would create the Task Force to Study a Later Starting Time for Maryland Public Schools.
The task force would consist of two members of the Maryland House of Delegates and two members of the Maryland Senate as well as representatives from various Maryland state agencies such as the Maryland State Education Association, doctors, parents and students.
The task force would be assigned to study the possibility of pushing public school start times back, and would report its findings to Governor Martin O’Malley and to the Maryland General Assembly.
For the task force to be created, the Senate will also have to pass the bill before the end of the legislative session, which ends April 8.
The Senate Education Health and Environment Affairs Committee is scheduled to hear the bill at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, and Start School Later Maryland is urging parents to call their senators and voice their support for the bill or to attend the hearing on Wednesday.
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