Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has enacted the Orange Ribbon Bill, the country’s first legislation to help schools implement healthier class times for better student sleep, as reported by The Huffington Post.

Maryland’s governor made history last week by enacting the Orange Ribbon Bill for Healthy School Hours, the nation’s first legislation to help schools implement later, safer, healthier class times.

The bipartisan legislation – D, Montgomery County) – sponsored by Delegate Aruna Miller, with a companion bill cross-filed by Senator Bryan Simonaire (R, Anne Arundel County) – becomes effective July 1st of this year and keeps Maryland on course as a national leader the Start School Later Movement.

Hundreds of thousands of Maryland students stand to benefit from this incentive program, which encourages school districts to work with their communities to find feasible ways to run schools at times that allow for healthy sleep. The requirements for recognition are based on the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

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