A bill that would change how members of the Baltimore County Board of Education are selected received preliminary approval Wednesday in the state Senate.
The Senate voted to amend the House version of the bill, which called for a fully elected school board, to conform to the . The Senate bill would create a board with six elected and five appointed members.
A preliminary vote on the Senate bill was delayed by Sen. Delores Kelley, who asked for more time in order to prepare amendments.
The Senate version of the bill and a final vote on the House version of the bill could come up for a preliminary vote later today.
Sen. Bobby Zirkin, of the sponsors of the Senate version, said the House bill now represents the best chance to change the school board this year.
The House would still need to approve the changes to its bill but Zirkin said that's might be easier to do in the last four days of the session than to push his version through the House.
The session is scheduled to end at midnight on April 9.