FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- A committee of business and tourism officials and educators would advise Kentucky school districts on when to start the school year under a bill that has cleared the Senate Education Committee.

Republican Sen. Chris Girdler of Somerset had wanted to prevent school districts from starting prior to the first Monday closest to Aug. 26 each year. He said the earlier start dates were hurting the state's tourism industry.

But school officials and some lawmakers 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 then decide when the school year should start.

The bill now heads to the full Senate for debate.

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The legislation is Senate Bill 50.

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