Monday’s session lasted less than four hours. After defeating the no-confidence motions, the Knesset discussed 13 bills. Six bills were passed in their third readings, although one of them had two objections. Seven bills were passed in their first readings. The Deputy Speaker bill was one of those that passed in its third reading today and will become law. The last seven bills were supposed to be discussed on Tuesday but were moved up to Monday due to the 17 of Tammuz fast.

Short Summary on Non-Bills

  • The government defeated two no-confidence motions from Kadima and the Arab parties by the votes of 22-51 with six abstaining and 9-53 with nine abstaining, respectively.
  • House Committee Chairman MK Levin made a statement on the committee’s decisions on the committee destinations of certain bills.
  • Immigration and Absorption Minister Sofa Landvor answered queries at the end of the session.

Amendment to the Electronic Signature Bill

Science and Technology Committee Chairman MK Shitrit (Kadima) explained that the amendment would expand electronic signatures from their current usage in the private sector to cover the public sector as well. Shitrit explained that this amendment will go hand and hand with the biometric bill that was passed last year. He explained this bill would change the world as we know it and would go so far as allowing patients to receive doctor’s electronic signature in order to receive refills for their prescriptions. He cited private companies’ success stories with electronic signatures. Shitrit closed with the additional green factor that this would save countless trees.

Justice Minister Neaman expressed government opposition to parts of the bill. He explained that the person would be forced to identify themselves in order to receive benefits and it would cause harm for people who were not part of the bio metric system. Neaman said the government will support the amendment and will object to two of the paragraphs.

The Knesset passed most of the paragraphs in the second reading of the amendment by the votes of 52-0, 53-0, 53-0 and 53-0. The Knesset objected to two paragraphs in the second reading by defeating them15- 37 and 13-39. The amendment excluding the two paragraphs that were defeated was passed in the third reading 52-0.

Amendment to the State Economic Arrangements Bill

Labor, Welfare and Health Committee Chairman MK Chaim Katz (Likud) explained that his joint amendment would assist the government in achieving budget targets and will also give a city tax discount to mentally disabled people that live in community apartments.

The amendment passed its second reading 25-0 and passed its third reading 26-0.

Amendment to the Trademarks Ordinance Bill

Constitution, Law and Justice Committee Chairman Rotem (Y.B.) explained that the amendment would resolve issues in trademark court cases in terms of trademarks standings in the law and when the court will have authority.

The amendment passed its second reading 22-0 and passed its third reading 26-0 with 1 MK abstaining.

Amendment to the Knesset Bill

House Committee Chairman Levin (Likud) explained his amendment would increase the number of deputy speakers to nine. The current law is seven, with the option to raise the number to nine as a temporary decision. The amendment would secure all nine current deputy speakers in their positions until they resign or new elections are called.

The amendment passed its second reading 21-0 and passed its third reading 20-0.

Amendment to the Equal Opportunities Bill

MK Chaim Katz explained that the amendment would expand the law to prohibit employers from asking certain questions to job candidates during interviews.

The amendment passed its second reading 19-0 and passed its third reading 19-0.

MK Solodkin (Kadima) thanked her co-sponsor MK Yachomovitz (Labor) and MK Katz, who helped advance the bill.

Amendment of Public Health Bill

MK Chaim Katz explained that the amendment would require the inclusion of nutritional values such as calories, carbs and grams of sugar on packaged food labels.

The amendment passed its second reading 17-0 and passed its third reading 16-0.

MK Ketzeleh (N.U.) thanked the Knesset for passing his first bill. He also thanked his wife for taking good care of him.

MK Orbach (J.H.) called the bill a small step for industry and a big step for health.

Amendment to the State Education Bill

Justice Minister Neaman explained the amendment would help integrate Jews and minorities in state education. He also explained the amendment would defeat certain sections of the existing law for that purpose.

MK Pelsner (Kadima) demanded that the religious state schools also join the program. He accused the minister of creating 14 jobs in positions that will do nothing.

The amendment passed its first reading 20-8 and was sent to the Education Committee.

Amendment to the Social Workers Bill

Minister Neaman explained that the amendment would change the terminology of certain social work jobs to a more respectable title.

The amendment passed its first reading 10-0 and was sent to the Labor Committee.

Amendment to the Prisoner Rehabilitation Authority Bill

Minister Neaman explained that the amendment will apply to the civil service law in regard to discipline. It would expand the number of employees that serve in the prisoner rehabilitation authority.

The amendment passed its first reading 10-0 and was sent to the Interior Committee.

Amendment to the Social Security Bill

Minister Neaman explained that the amendment would expand the government child allowance to include children up to age 24 who still live with their parents, provided they served in the army.

The amendment passed its first reading 13-0 and was sent to the Labor Committee.

Amendment to the Patent Bill

Minister Neaman explained that the amendment would eliminate the need for the publication of patents in the official gazette “Reshumot”. He explained that instead it would be updated online and anyone with access to a computer will be able to view the list as it is updated.

The amendment passed its first reading 9-0 and was sent to the Justice Committee.

Implementing the Agreement Between Israel and the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development Bill

Minister Neaman explained the amendment would focus on granting privileges and immunity to ease the agreement between the organizations. He explained this will assist the OECD in particular.

The bill passed its first reading 11-0 and was sent to the Justice Committee.

Amendment to the Civil Veterans Bill

Deputy Pensioners Minister Leah Nes explained that her amendment would create a position named “senior citizens consultant” in every local authority. She stated that Israel has the fifth longest life span in the world and 10% of Israel’s population is over 65 years old.

The amendment passed its first reading 9-0 and was sent to the Interior Committee.

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