The Illinois State Senate Tuesday by one vote turned back a bill requiring schools to adopt more detailed policies to prevent bullying.
Thirty votes were required for passage in the Senate; the measure could come up again during the current session.
HB 5290 would have required schools to include a definition of bullying and a statement saying it was against the law. The policies would have spelled out how allegations could be submitted anonymously and how they would be investigated, according to the State Journal-Register of Springfield.
A description of what could happen to students who bully others, such as counseling or community service, also would have to be set out, according to the State Journal-Register.
Opponents feared the bill would be used as a cover to indoctrinate students on homosexuality, a charge supporters denied, according to the State Journal-Register.
The measure was approved by the House in March. State Reps. Karen May (D), Elaine Nekritz (D), Carol Sente (D) and Daniel Biss (D) who represent all or parts of Northbrook voted for the bill.