LINCOLN, Neb. -- A truancy diversion bill has died in the Nebraska Legislature. 

The bill, proposed by Senator Patty Pansing Brooks, would give students who are excessively absent from school extra chances at working out the problems through diversion before it ends up in court. 

But many opponents of the bill said it was another effort to be soft on crime. 

The bill picked up support from Omaha Senators Terrell McKinney and Justin Wayne last week, who argued that the current system disproportionately affects minority communities. 

But the bill couldn't garner enough votes Monday to overcome a filibuster.