Tuesday’s session was brief and lasted less than two and a half hours. Four bills were discussed and advanced in their first readings. Among the bills advanced were one that prevents communications companies from spamming and one that prevents sex offenders from being hired in certain institutions.

 

Non-Bills Summary

  • 19 MKs participated in the One Minute Speech segment of the day. Egypt was the main topic.
  • Six MKs asked questions to Environment Minister Erdan (Likud) during a question hour.

 

Bills Summary

Amendment to the Preventing the Hiring of Sex Offenders in Certain Institutions Bill

Women Rights Committee Chairwoman Hotovely (Likud) expressed her hope that the amendment would assist helpless women. She said the amendment will increase the number of institutions and the number of crimes that are included in the original bill.

MK Ben Ari (N.U.) said that society must distance itself from these types of people and expressed his support for the bill. He went on to predict that Egyptian President Mubarak will fall and that the peace with Egypt will come to an end. He blasted the government for past peace agreements and cease fires. He predicted that Lebanon’s Hezbollah and the Palestinians will take advantage of our weaknesses and create a disaster that Israel could have prevented.

MK Naffaa (Balad) praised the bill and called for adding all educational institutions to the bill before its next reading.

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

Amendment to the Elections Bill

Law, Constitution and Justice Committee Chairman Rotem explained that the amendment will increase the number of polling stations for those doing national service, handicapped citizens and prisoners.

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

Amendment to the Communications Bill

Public Petitions Committee Chairman Maklev (U.T.J.) explained that his amendment would prevent spam by telecommunication and broadcasting companies. He said that the bill would prohibit the companies from using an automatic dialing system from an unidentified phone number to promote their commercials. He stated this will eliminate the legislative loophole that allows companies to call someone and hang up in order to trick the customer into calling them back from their own phone which results in the customer paying for the call instead of the company.

MK Shamalov Berkovich (Kadima) said she was proud to be a co-sponsor of the bill and felt it was a very important bill.

MK Ben Ari said that he approved of the bill. He slammed the Israeli lottery, who he claimed are the biggest violators of what the bill is aiming to correct. He went on to blast the Israeli lottery and called it gambling.

The bill passed its first reading 7-0 and was sent to the Finance Committee.

Amendment to the National Insurance Bill

MK Yacimovich (Labor) explained that her amendment would extend for two years an experimental program in select cities.  The program cuts out the middleman who collects money from the government that is earmarked for certain people and then distributes the money to those who are entitled to receive it. She explained the program allows the government to give the money directly to those who are entitled without the middleman being involved at all.

MK Michaeli (Shas) expressed his support for the bill and said it was very important.

The bill passed its first reading 5-0 and was sent to the Welfare Committee.

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