There were more close votes on controversial legislation in the General Assembly Monday.
The Virginia Senate voted to carry over legislation that would have repealed the state's requirement that girls receive the HPV vaccine.
And a Roanoke Senator led the opposition to the bill.
"Mr. President, this is a serious health issue," Senator John Edwards/(D) 21st District Roanoke said.
Edwards defended the requirement that girls receive the HPV vaccine before entering the 6th grade, a reasonable effort he said to protect Virginians from cancer.
But lawmakers who supported the repeal said the vaccine would still be available.
"This is not full elimination. This is simply a move from opt out, to opt in," said Senator Stephen Martin/(R) 11th District Chesterfield.
During the debate, Edwards read a letter written after the death of his sister in law from cancer last month. In it, Edwards' brother-in-law asked the Senators to choose reason over ideology.
"I would hope the General Assembly could act rationally and not emotionally about these kinds of issues," Edwards told News7 in an interview following the vote. Two Republicans joined Democrats to carry over the legislation until next year.
Lynchburg Delegate Kathy Byron sponsored the legislation to repeal the vaccine requirement. She was unavailable Monday afternoon.
Another of her bills - the ultrasound legislation that received so much attention last week was passed by for the day. That bill might be back on Tuesday.
The Virginia Senate has killed the repeal of the HPV vaccine requirement.
The Senate voted 22 - 17 to re-refer the bill to the Senate Education and Health Committee and carry over the legislation until next year.
The bill would have ended the requirement that girls receive the HPV vaccine before enrolling in the sixth grade.
Supporters of the legislation said the bill wouldn't eliminate the vaccine, but would require families to opt-in.
Opponents argued that the Human Papillomavirus is a serious health issue that warrants the vaccine requirement.