Legislation designed to cut down on school suspensions and expulsions failed in the Louisiana House Wednesday.

House Bill 646 by state Rep. Patricia Smith, D-Baton Rouge, failed on a 50-31 vote, falling three votes short of the 53 necessary to pass legislation.

Smith, a former teacher and school board member, filed HB646 to counter the "zero-tolerance" policy that some school districts have that calls for students to be suspended for incessant tardiness and other minor infractions.

"Too many students are being suspended for habitual tardiness as well as for not having a uniform on," she said.