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Utah State Legislature approves resolution encouraging high schools to start later

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Posted at 5:28 PM, Feb 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-21 19:28:50-05

SALT LAKE CITY — A resolution that encourages Utah high schools to start classes later in the morning has passed the state legislature.

The Utah State Senate voted 22-1 on Friday to approve House Concurrent Resolution 3, sponsored by Rep. Suzanne Harrison, D-Draper, and Sen. Ann Millner, R-Ogden. The legislation now moves to Governor Gary Herbert, who has indicated his support for it.

The resolution encourages high schools to have a later start time. Rep. Harrison has said it would be better for students, who learn better with a full night of sleep. She has also pointed to numerous studies that show a later start time would help combat depression, car accidents and other issues for teens.

A resolution is not legally binding, but some school districts in Utah have already started experimenting with later start times for students.