School Start Time Legislation
The map below shows states where legislators have drafted or introduced state and/or federal legislation to help ensure safe, healthy school hours (in green)
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School Start Time Legislation has been introduced in 10 states!
Live and Passed Bills
Maryland HB39/SB224 Orange Ribbon for Healthy School Hours. HB39 PASSED 2016.
Maryland HB883/SB14 (cross-filed in House of Delegates and Senate): Task Force to Study Safe and Health School Hours for Maryland Public Schools. PASSED 2014.
Massachusetts S2464 An Act authorizing a study of starting times and schedules. Passed out of Senate July 26, 2016.
Massachusetts S2203 An Act enhancing reform, innovation and success in Education. Passed by state senate.
New Jersey S2484 Requires DOE to conduct study on options and benefits of instituting later school start time in middle school and high school. PASSED 2015.
Pennsylvania HB2105 Requires DOE to conduct a study on options and benefits of instituting a later start to the secondary school day.
Washington SB6429 Creating the Sandman Act would start all schools an hour later. Passed unanimously by senate. Passed Senate 2016.
Florida HB 67 Provides requirements for district school board policies for high school daily start times. FAILED (Currently being investigated, however, through the research arm of the FL legislature)
Maine LD 711 An Act To Provide for a Later Starting Time for High Schools.
Senate Committee Hearing Apr 4 2015
Maryland HB1081 Orange Ribbon for Healthy School Hours. Passed MD House of Delegates, failed in Senate EHEA Committee 2015.
Massachusetts SD51 An Act to authorize a study of school day starting times and schedules.
Massachusetts S215 An Act authorizing a study of starting times and schedules
Part one of this bill would require elementary students to start no earlier than 7AM, middle school at 8 and high school at 9. Deleted by amendment.
Virginia HB 34 Requires local school boards to set the daily school calendar so that programs of instruction at public high schools start no earlier than 8:00 a.m.
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Nevada 34-426 Later school start times (MS and HS at 9a.m.)
Anne Arundel County, MD Resolution 6-15 Resolution encouraging the Anne Arundel County Board of Education and the Superintendent of Anne Arundel County Public Schools to establish safe and healthy school hours for all students and to purchase bus routing software in fiscal year 2015
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