Last Tuesday’s session lasted about four hours. Four bills were discussed. One bill was advanced after passing its preliminary reading, one was advanced after passing its first reading and two bills became law after passing their third readings. The two new laws deal with expanding the Protecting the Public from Sex Offenders Bill and raising the required age until which parents must clothe and feed their children from 14 to 16. International Environment Day was recognized in the Knesset committees and in the plenum with a motion and a bill that was advanced.

                              

Non-Bills Summary

  • 13 MKs participated in the one minute speech segment that opened up the day. Diaspora Affairs Minister Edelstein responded to some of the issues highlighted in the speeches.
  • Five MKs presented queries to Science and Technology Minister Hershkowitz (J.H.) during his question hour.
  • Motions on Gilad Shalit and Jonathon Pollard were discussed and passed by votes of 11-0 and 7-1, respectively. They were sent for further discussion to the Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee.
  • International Environment Day was marked with an address to Knesset by Deputy Speaker Levi-Abekasis. A motion on the topic was discussed but not voted on.
  • Environment Minister Erdan answered five queries at the end of the session.

 

Bills Summary

Amendment to the Protecting the Public from Sex Offenders Bill

Constitution, Law and Justice Committee Chairman Rotem (Y.B.) explained the amendment would expand the definition of a sex offender to include those who create, publish or own material in which minors are doing illegal things under the current law. He noted that sexual abuse would also be added to this bill.

The bill passed its second reading 14-0.

The bill passed its third reading 14-0.

Amendment to the Penal Code Bill

Constitution, Law and Justice Committee Chairman Rotem explained the amendment would raise the age until which parents are required to clothe and feed their children from 14 to 16. He noted the punishment for not doing so is six months jail time.

The bill passed its second reading 14-0.

The bill passed its third reading 14-0.

MK Levi-Abekasis (Y.B.) thanked the Knesset for passing the last two bills, which she sponsored. She thanked the Knesset for helping protect the public from sex offenders and for protecting children from neglect.

Amendment to the Environmental Protection Bill

MK Khenin (Hadash) explained his amendment would create a national register to which all companies dealing with the release and transfer of chemicals into the environment will have to report. He said that he can’t explain the 32 pages of the bill but assured it is in the spirit of International Environment Day and Israel’s requirements from the OECD.

Environment Minister Erdan (Likud) expressed government support for the bill and praised International Environment Day.

The bill passed its preliminary reading 9-0 and was sent to the Environment Committee.

Amendment to the Banking Customer Service Bill

MK Cabel (Labor) explained his bill would prohibit the collection of early repayment charges on a mortgage during the confiscation of property. He said in other words it would forbid the banks from fining a person who couldn’t pay his mortgage and lost his house to the bank. He stressed that the bill does not apply to industrial and commercial property or those who own more than one house.

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

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