ANNAPOLIS — A bill dealing with animal dissection in schools is dead.
Sen. Ron Young, D-District 3, introduced the measure, which would have required all school districts in the state to adopt policies to provide alternative lessons for students who refuse to participate in or observe animal dissection.
The bill was passed out of the Senate’s Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee. However, the full Senate voted 30-13 against the measure on Monday night.
The bill was initially met with resistance from Republican lawmakers on the floor of the Senate on Friday afternoon. On Monday night, Republican and Democratic senators alike said the decision on whether to create a policy should be made by individual districts.
Frederick County Public Schools has a policy outlining how students can opt out of dissection lessons.