An attempt to boost wellness exams for public school students has failed to gain support in the Louisiana Senate.

The House-approved bill by Rep. Walt Leger III, a New Orleans Democrat, would have required the wellness exam before entering kindergarten and sixth grade — but would allow parents to opt out of the requirement in writing.

Leger says House Bill 1144 was an effort to improve children’s health, to catch health problems early.

Opponents questioned whether the requirement — even with an opt-out — would usurp the role of parents. Several lawmakers said they were inundated with emails concerned about the requirement and the medical data that would be maintained by the schools.

The Senate Education Committee voted 2-1 Wednesday to shelve the proposal.