The Senate is considering legislation that would force school districts in the three states to close schools by the end of the week if they don’t agree to extend school days by an additional 90 minutes.
The Senate’s move is a way for the Senate to get to a point where it can pass legislation and put it on President Donald Trump’s desk.
The bill is in response to a recent court ruling that school districts across the country should be allowed to take advantage of the state’s school-related workweek extension.
It’s one of several bills Republicans have tried to get passed to close the budget gap.
Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, is the sponsor of the bill.
“It would allow districts to close their schools during the week for students and staff,” Crapos office said in a statement.
“It would also provide flexibility for school districts to adjust their schedules during the holiday weekend.”
Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Ohio, has also introduced a bill to extend the workweek.
In January, the Senate passed a measure that extended the workday for students for one hour, up from one hour.
But the measure stalled in the Senate, and a House version of the legislation also has a one-hour workweek for students.
The workweek is a key tool in closing the budget deficit, which has been the main concern of Republicans in the state.