The Tuesday session lasted about four hours. Two bills were discussed. One bill became law after passing its third reading, and one bill was advanced after passing its first reading. The new law will promote sending minors for rehabilitation outside of jail. The bill advanced will prohibit repo men from taking away a blind person’s walking dog welfare payments. Three motions were discussed, one of which was sent for further discussion in committee.

Non-Bills Summary

* 21 MKs gave speeches during the one minute speech segment that opened the day.

* A motion marking International Equal Rights for People with Disabilities Day was discussed by Speaker Rivlin and six MKs.

* A motion marking International Human Rights Day was discussed by seven MKs and Tourism Minister Misezhnikov (Y.B.).

* A motion on international awareness of the problem of suicide and the need for elimination was discussed by MK Michaeli (Shas), Deputy Health Minister Litzman (U.T.J.) and Finance Minister Steinitz (Likud). The motion was sent to the Funds Committee by a 4-0 vote.

Bills Summary

Amendment to the Execution Bill

MK Sheetrit (Kadima) explained that the amendment will place a prohibition on government repo men from taking away the welfare money blind people receive for their walking dogs.

MK Khenin (Hadash) said this bill is in the spirit of International Human Rights Day. He said that the blind person needs those NIS 933 a month for a walking dog and they shouldn’t be taken away in a repo situation.

MK Barakeh (Hadash) praised the bill and noted that Khenin was a co-sponsor on the bill. He said it was a very important bill.

MK Yoel Hasson (Kadima) confided that one of his closest friends is deaf and expressed the importance of supporting those who are handicapped. He supported the bill and said democracies are measured by how they treat their handicapped citizens.

MK Zeev (Shas) supported the bill. He said that the government moves too quickly in freezing funds and he plans on submitting a bill on the subject.

The bill passed its first reading 23-0 and was sent to the Justice Committee.

Amendment to the Youth Bill

Justice, Law and Constitution Committee Chairman Rotem (Y.B.) explained the amendment will regulate the judgment, punishment and treatment of criminal minors.

The bill passed its second reading 8-0.

The bill passed its third reading 8-0.

MK Orlev (J.H.) noted it took him seven years to get the government to support his bill that will lean towards rehabilitation instead of incarceration.

MK Khenin said this is a revolutionary decision that will make it very difficult to send minors to jail. He said that this type of rehabilitation is in the New Zealand, Canadian and Australian models.