AUGUSTA, Maine — Legislative Democrats said they’re disappointed a bill to prevent bullying in Maine schools was set aside on the last day of the 2011 session and sent back to committee.

The bill, sponsored by Democratic Rep. Terry Morrison of Portland, was sent to the Education Committee and will be reviewed during the 2012 session.

The bill would direct the commissioner of education to develop a model harassment, intimidation and bullying prevention policy. School administrative units would have to adopt a policy based on the model by Aug. 15, 2012.

Morrison said he’s disappointed the bill was not passed after it received earlier votes of support in the House and Senate.