Starting School After Labor Day Receives Strong Bipartisan Support From 70 Percent Of Marylanders, Elected Officials

News Release, Office of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan

Former Governor, Senate President, Numerous Members Of General Assembly Pledged Strong Support For Common Sense Action

Previous Governor Martin O’Malley And Senate President Mike Miller Expressed Strong Support For Starting School After Labor Day

In 2013 Governor O’Malley Enacted Legislation To Form A Task Force To Review A Post-Labor Day Start Date For Maryland Public Schools – This Legislation Passed Both The Senate And The House Of Delegates With Near Unanimous Support By A Total Vote Of  170 – 7. (“Senate Bill 963,” Maryland General Assembly)    

  • Governor O’Malley Stated That He Was “Tempted” To Sign An Executive Order To Start School After Labor Day. COMPTROLLER FRANCHOT: “So I’d respectfully ask each of you if you would like to join the movement and let summer be summer by signing our petition.” GOVERNOR O’MALLEY: “Sign me up… I’ll sign your petition… I’ll sign your petition… I’ll sign. I’m for that. In fact, I’ve been tempted to do an executive order extending summer by another month.” (Board Of Public Works, 9/3/14)  

Senate President Miller Stated That He “Supports” Starting School After Labor Day. “The topics covered during the legislative session vary widely, but Miller make sure to keep up with legislation that affects education in Maryland. He supports a bill that would move the beginning of the school year to after Labor Day…” (Sarah Miller, “Views On The Upcoming Legislative Session,” The Calvert Gazette, 12/26/13)

Since 2013 Five Bills Supporting School After Labor Day Have Been Introduced, With Nearly Sixty Sponsors; Twenty Nine Legislators Who Sponsored Previous Bills Are Still Serving In The General Assembly

House Bill 1069 Introduced In 2013, Was Sponsored By Twelve Different Legislators.

  • Legislators Currently Serving Who Sponsored The Bill: Del. Anne Healey, Del. Kumar Barve, Del. Alonzo Washington (“House Bill 1069,” Maryland General Assembly)  

House Bill 389 Introduced In 2015, Was Sponsored By Twenty Different Legislators.

  • Legislators Currently Serving Who Sponsored The Bill: Sen. Pamela Beidle, Sen. Mary Beth Carozza, Del. Anne Healey, Del. Darryl Barnes, Del. Wendell Beitzel, Del. Mark Chang, Del. Diana Fennell, Del. Tawanna Gaines, Del. Jeff Ghrist, Del. Cheryl Glenn, Del. Keith Haynes, Del. Bob Long, Del. Charles Otto, Del. Neil Parrott, Del. Jay Walker, Del. Alonzo Washington (“House Bill 389,” Maryland General Assembly)

Senate Bill 455 Introduced In 2015, Was Sponsored By Nine Different Legislators.

  • Legislators Currently Serving Who Sponsored The Bill: Sen. Bob Cassilly, Sen. Steve Hershey, Sen. Michael Hough, Sen. J.B. Jennings, Sen. Kathy Klausmeier (“Senate Bill 455,” Maryland General Assembly)  

House Bill 1349 Introduced In 2016, Was Sponsored By Twelve Different Legislators.

  • Legislators Currently Serving Who Sponsored The Bill: Sen. Mary Beth Carozza, Del. Eric Bromwell, Del. Anne Healey, Del. Chris Adams, Del. Curt Anderson, Del. Carl Anderton, Del. Wendell Beitzel, Del. Kevin Hornberger, Del. Johnny Mautz, Del. Charles Otto, Del. Sheree Sample-Hughes, Del. Alonzo Washington (“House Bill 1349,” Maryland General Assembly)    

Senate Bill 767 Introduced In 2016, Was Sponsored By Two Different Legislators.

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