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.