Tuesday’s session lasted about three hours. Five bills were discussed. Two bills were passed in their first readings and three bills were passed in their third readings, becoming law. The new laws include a prohibition on driving along the beach, prohibiting the importing of Israeli flags and forcing the public transportation companies to post updated electronic timetables at main and central stops. Another four bills were split off from the Budget’s Arrangements Bill, after the opposition agreed to support them. MK Amsellem (Shas) was stripped of his position in three of the Knesset committees in response to his vocal opposition to Shas Leader Eli Yishai.

 

Non-Bills Summary

  • 21 MKs and Minister Eitan (Likud) participated in the ‘One Minute Speech’ segment of the day. The main topic was the fire up north and whether an investigation on the government’s conduct was necessary.
  • House Committee Chairman MK Levin (Likud) announced that MK Zeev (Shas) would replace MK Amsellem in the Education Committee and MK Michaeli (Shas) would replace Amsellem in the Labor Committee and the Public Appeals Committee. He also informed the plenum that MK Amsellem would replace MK Zeev in the Fight on Drugs Committee. Other changes included MK Molla (Kadima) replacing MK Itzik (Kadima) in the House Committee and MK Shemtov (Y.B.) replacing MK Miller (Y.B.) in the Finance Committee.
  • A motion on the “Alarming data on the state of democracy in Israel” was discussed by nine MKs and Minister Eitan. The motion was passed 10-1 and will be discussed further in the plenum at a later date.
  • Proposals from the Finance Committee Bill on the division of economic policy for the years 2011 and 2012 were outlined by Funds Committee Chairman MK Gafni (U.T.J.). He explained that he wished to split four bills from the Arrangements Bill because both the coalition and the opposition agreed on them. The splits were approved 13-0, 12-0, 11-0 and 9-0.

 

Bills Summary

Amendment to the Banning Driving on the Beach Bill

Interior Committee Chairman Azoulay (Shas) explained that his amendment would prohibit cars and other automobiles from driving on the sand in and near beaches. He informed that violators would receive a fine but would not serve jail time.

MK Khenin (Hadash) stated that he was pleased to see a bill that he co-sponsored pass. He noted that the bill that was passed in 1977 was never enforced, and he expressed hope that this amendment would change that. He mentioned his frustration towards the government offices that prolonged the passing of the bill.

MK Azoulay thanked his assistants and his co-sponsor MK Khenin.

The bill passed its second reading 14-0.

The bill passed its third reading 14-0.

Amendment to the Flag, Emblem and National Anthem Bill

Finance Committee Chairman Akunis (Likud) explained that the amendment would forbid the importing of Israeli flags into Israel. He called it a festival and celebration for the “Made in Israel” industries.

The bill passed its second reading 12-0.

The bill passed its third reading 13-0.

Amendment to the Traffic Ordinance Bill

Finance Committee Chairman Akunis explained that the amendment would force public transportation companies to post updated electronic timetables at main and central stops. He informed the plenum that a country-wide public transportation center would be created to collect all of the information in one place.

MK Yacimovich (Labor) thanked Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) and other Knesset officials for supporting the bill.

The bill passed its second reading 14-0.

The bill passed its third reading 14-0.

Amendment to the Securities Bill

Labor Committee Chairman MK Chaim Katz (Likud) explained that his amendment would prohibit the postponement of an individual’s payment and obligation towards a public company that goes bankrupt, including a controlling shareholder.

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

Amendment to the Municipalities Ordinance Bill

MK Ezra (Kadima) explained that his amendment would require cities that are not part of the Israeli police’s “cities without violence” program to form a committee to “eradicate violence”.

MK Ben Ari (N.U.) blasted the Palestinians for claiming that the Western Wall was never part of a Jewish state and that the Israeli temple is fiction.

MK Bielski (Kadima), former mayor of Ra’anana, supported the bill and demanded it be expanded.

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

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