Tuesday’s session lasted about four hours, and four bills were discussed. Attendance was light as it usually is on Tuesdays. This upset Transportation Minister Katz, who had shown up for International Road Safety Day.  One of the four bills was passed in its third reading, the other three passed in their first readings. The highlight of the day was the ‘Prohibition of Repairing Vehicles in an Unauthorized Garage’ Bill.

 

Non-Bills Summary

  • 23 MKs participated in the one-minute speech segment that opened the day. The main topic of the day was college students versus the ultra-orthodox.
  • Two motions on the Soviet “refuseniks” and International Road Safety Day were discussed but not voted on.
  • Labor and Welfare Minister Herzog had a query hour and answered queries from 10 MKs.
  • House Chairman MK Levin announced which committee would discuss a bill that had been in dispute.

 

Bills Summary

Prohibition of Repairing Vehicles in an Unauthorized Garage Bill

MK Michaeli (Shas) explained that his original bill, co-sponsored by MK Cabel (Labor), would stop people from not paying taxes on the repair of their cars and would also solve many safety concerns. He explained the amendment would create a sentence of 18 months in jail for the owner of an unauthorized garage. He said that this bill was in the spirit of International Road Safety Day.

Transportation Minister Katz (Likud) praised the few MKs that showed up for International Road Safety Day and criticized the majority of the house who were absent. He asked that the public judge the MKs who were not present. He also expressed government support for the bill. He noted that at least 14 children have been killed by cars that had bad repairs in unauthorized garages.

The bill passed its first reading 14-0 and was sent to the Finance Committee.

Amendment to the Energy Sources Bill

MK Khenin (Hadash) explained that the goal of the amendment is the protection of the environment.  He warned that each year the country’s energy needs increase, and his amendment would promote the intelligent use of natural resources and increase energy efficiency. Khenin explained that we have to stop wasting energy and said that we must turn off our lights and air conditioning while we are sleeping.

MK Zeev (Shas) expressed his support for this bill and announced he was against expanding the number of power plants in Israel. He also warned Israelis against global warning.

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

Amendment to the Foundations of the Budget Bill

MK Vaknin (Shas) explained that his amendment would provide an exemption of the government lease fee to communities on the confrontation lines. He explained that people who live or work on the borders of Lebanon, Syria or Gaza will no longer have to pay the Israeli government a leasing fee.

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

Amendment to the Reporting on the activity of the rehabilitation and commemoration of disabled families of the Defense Department

MK Matalon (Y.B.) explained that his amendment would force the Defense Minister to give a report each year on how the defense establishment has distributed money towards rehabilitating and commemorating those who are disabled as a result of serving their country.

The bill passed it second reading 9-0 and passed its third reading 8-0.

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