Tuesday’s session lasted about three and a half hours. Three bills were discussed and advanced after passing their first readings. The three bills involve selling used cars, divorced parents’ rights and government campaigning. Education Minister Sa’ar answered many questions, changes were made to the MKs’ representation in the committees and a delegation of parliamentarians and members of Congress from Latin America was welcomed.

 

Non-Bills Summary

  • 19 MKs participated in the One Minute Speech segment that opened the session.
  • 10 MKs asked queries during a question hour with Education Minister Sa’ar (Likud).
  • Speaker Rivlin gave a warm speech greeting the delegation of parliamentarians and members of Congress from Latin America.
  • Two motions were discussed. One was not voted on and the other was sent for further discussion in the Education Committee by an 8-0 vote.
  • House Committee Chairman Levin (Likud) announced that MK Tibi (R.T.) will replace MK Braverman (Labor) as a permanent substitute in the Finance Committee. He also announced which disputed bills will be discussed in which committees. Additionally he announced that MKs Cabel (Labor), Shai (Kadima) and Eichler (U.T.J.) will be designated party alternate substitutes that will be allowed to step in when needed in any committee for other MKs in their party and that Likud MKs Danon and Akunis may replace Shas MKs Azoulay and Vaknin. The measures were approved by a vote of 8-0.

 

Bills Summary

Amendment to the Traffic Ordinance Bill

MK Ezra (Kadima) explained the amendment would force the transportation ministry to be a one stop shop and help people transfer vehicle licenses needed for selling and purchasing used cars. He said that currently a trip to the justice ministry is also required and this bill will eliminate that trip by transferring the authority to the transportation ministry.

MK Zeev (Shas) said the bill is very important and he supports it.

MK Sheetrit (Kadima) said that, as a co-sponsor, he will support the bill. He called for creating a national database on all cars so there is information on them when they are sold.

The bill passed its first reading 10-0 and was sent to the Finance Committee.

Amendment to the Additional Mailing Address for Minors

MK Sheetrit said that divorce is spreading throughout Israeli society. He slammed courts’ decisions in custody battles to award the children to the mother automatically if they are less than six years old. He explained the amendment will provide the parent who doesn’t live with his children information on where they live and study. He noted that court orders can prohibit dangerous parents from receiving that information. He added that any letter that is sent to one parent about a child must be sent to the other parent as well.

MK Zeev praised and supported the bill.

MK Orlev (J.H.) praised and supported the bill.

The bill passed its first reading 6-0 and was sent to the Child Rights Committee.

Amendment to the Publication Restrictions Bill

MK Orlev (J.H.) explained the amendment would prohibit public bodies or personalities from purchasing advertisements supporting any public official. He said this restriction will prevent government workers from campaigning for certain individuals.

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

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