The Louisiana House rejecte a measure to shorten the length of some legislative sessions and curb the number of bills lawmakers could file.

Opponents said Monday that the proposed constitutional amendment would hurt democracy.

State Rep. Steve Carter, R-Baton Rouge, sponsor of House Bill 373, argued it would help lawmakers work more efficiently. He said the state’s passage rate for bills is far lower than other states.

The proposal would have made all legislative sessions 45 days long in a 60 calendar-day period. Currently, sessions on even-numbered years are 60 days in an 85 calendar-day period.

It would also have limited lawmakers to filing no more than 10 bills that are not local in even-numbered years.

HB373 received only 36 votes of support Monday in the House, but it needed 70 votes to pass.