HELENA — The Republican-led Montana House is rejecting an effort to license some religious-based private adolescent treatment programs.

Democrats fell short Wednesday in an attempt to advance the bill out of a committee where it was tabled.

Supporters say House Bill 236 is needed to deal with concerns that such private programs and live-in schools are not doing enough to protect children in their care.

Opponents say the extra regulations are unnecessary, and argue allegations of abuse mounted against such schools are inflated.

House Republicans also rejected two other Democratic attempts to resuscitate stalled bills.

House Bill 527 adds new crimes for Internet bullying of kids. House Bill 98 would expand school breakfast programs.

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