Sen. Chris Girdler of Somerset had wanted to prevent school districts from starting prior to the first Monday closest to August, 26th each year. He said the earlier start dates are hurting the state’s tourism industry. Locale school officials and some lawmakers however protested, arguing local districts should be allowed to decide for themselves. The compromise bill would create advisory committees to study the issue and make recommendations to local school boards. The school boards would the decided when the school year should start. The bill now heads to the full Senate for debate.