Tuesday’s session was less than four hours. The Knesset celebration of Jabotinsky Day was attended by a handful of MKs. The five bills discussed were all passed, including the Knesset Museum Bill in its third reading. Yet another Orlev political appointment bill was passed among the four bills that passed their first reading. This new position will be called Government Academic Adviser. The other bills passing their first reading included ballot committee members being allowed to vote in their own ballot booths, a bill that would force banks to print checks to the beneficiary only, and a bill that would prohibit discrimination of party goers in clubs and bars.

Short Summary on Non-Bills

  • 16 MKs participated in the one-minute speeches segment of the day.
  • Religion Minister Margi (Shas) had a question hour and answered queries from several MKs.
  • There was a special meeting to mark Ze’ev Jabotinsky Day. Following Speaker Rivlin and Culture Minister Livnat’s speeches, only four MKs spoke on the subject – MKs Livni, Danon, Shitrit and Orlev.
  • The Knesset approved the House Committee decisions on the destination of bills over which there had been a debate about the appropriate committees for discussion by a vote of 9-0.
  • The Knesset approved the House Committee’s decisions on the continuity clause of certain bills from the previous Knesset by a vote of 11-0.
  • The only motion of the day was on the topic of the Preservation of Heritage Sites. 4 MKs spoke and no vote took place.

Knesset Museum Bill

Education Committee Chairman MK Orlev (J.H.) explained that his bill would turn the Froimen House, the previous home of the Knesset, into a museum.

The bill passed its second reading 17-0 and passed its third reading 20-0.

Amendment on the Israel Academy of Sciences Bill

MK Orlev explained his bill would create a new government position of an academic adviser for the government. He felt that this would help the government feel more connected to what is going on in the academic world of science, development and other important issues, both nationally and internationally.

The bill was passed in its first reading 8-0 and sent to the Education, Science and Technology Committee.

Amendment on the General Election Bill

House Committee Chairman MK Levin (Likud) explained the bill that he co-sponsored with MK Itzick (Kadima) would allow ballot committee members on Election Day to vote in the voting center in which they are working. Levin explained this will enable people to vote who were previously unable to because they were working far away from their hometown district. He expressed the problem they are trying to solve is to ensure there is no double voting as a result of the amendment.

The bill was passed in its first reading 8-0 and sent to the House Committee.

Amendment on the Ordinance Bill

MK Kirschenbaum (Y.B.) explained that her amendment would force banks to print checkbooks with the ‘to the beneficiary only’ stripes, unless otherwise requested.

MK Levin asked how this bill was not thought of before. He expressed pleasure that this would help stop the poor from being tricked by the rich and help small businesses as well.

MK Ze’ev (Shas) said this will hurt the black market. He added that this would put an end to the check ‘hot-potato’ game. He expressed his worry it might cause complications for chareidi small-business owners.

MK Rotem (Y.B.) said that he was not going to support the bill until he heard MK Ze’ev’s speech. Rotem realized this bill will prevent tax fraud by ending the check hot-potato game.

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

Amendment on the Prohibition of Discrimination in Products, Services and Entry to Places of Public Entertainment Bill

MK Yachomovitz (Labor) explained her bill would forbid bars, clubs and restaurants from not allowing certain people into their establishment based on the presumption of discrimination. She cited many MKs and Knesset workers who encountered the terrible discrimination.

MK Ze’ev said he was for the law but against the concept of drunken youngsters.

MK Mula (Kadima) said that this bill will help the Ethiopian public a bit, but that the public is still very racist.

The bill passed its first reading 9-0 and was sent to the Finance Committee.

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