A bill that would have overturned California's ban on racial preferences for college admissions is taking a step backward in Sacramento.  

Assembly Speaker John Perez announced today he is sending the measure back to the state Senate without taking any action. Perez says the bill as its written now doesn't have the needed two-third votes to get through the Assembly.  

The bill would have overturned part of California's Proposition 209, which was approved by voters in 1996 and bans colleges and universities from using race and ethnicity to decide which students they will admit.  

Asian-American advocacy groups had said the new bill in its current form would help some ethnic groups at the expense of others.