TRENTON - The General Assembly has sent Gov. Chris Christie a bill that calls for studying the benefits and issues involved with starting the day later in middle and high schools.

The Assembly passed the measure on Thursday after the Senate passed it in December.

The legislation requires the state to submit a report to lawmakers and the governor including a recommendation on whether New Jersey should pursue a pilot program to test later start times at some schools.

Assemblywoman Mila Jasey says many students are not getting enough sleep, which can affect their grades.

She says resetting the school day would not be easy but this bill is a first step.