PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Senate has voted unanimously to postpone the creation of a new Board of Education overseeing public and higher education in the state.
Lawmakers said Thursday they need more time to review Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s (CHAY'-fee's) nominations to the board.
The General Assembly created the panel last year to replace the Board of Governors for Higher Education and the Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education.
Senators now say they didn’t have enough time to review and hold confirmation hearings on Chafee’s appointees before Jan. 1, when the board had been scheduled to take effect.
The legislation endorsed Thursday would delay the start of the board until March 7.
An identical bill has already been introduced in the House.
Lawmakers began their 2013 session Tuesday.