Under the proposed law, Indiana public schools would be allowed to teach creationism as long as more than one religious theory is discussed as part of the lesson.
House Majority Leader Brian Bosma used a procedural move to prevent the law from going to committee. He says the law could leave the state open to lawsuits.
In 1987, the supreme court ruled against a similar law in the state of Louisiana which required creationism to be taught along with the theory of evolution.
State Senator Dennis Kruse, who sponsored the Indiana bill this year, says he plans to re-introduce a revised version of the law in the next session.