The Knesset’s Monday session lasted about two and a half hours. Three bills were discussed. Two bills became law after passing their third readings, and one bill was advanced after passing its first reading. The interesting bill of the day places counterfeit alcoholic beverages under government supervision to ensure the public’s health.

Non-Bills Summary

  • Speaker Rivlin opened the session by informing the MKs that the new seating chart has officially taken effect. He explained the large 94-MK coalition will sit at the government wing and the right and center wings of the plenum, while the small 26-MK opposition will be restricted to the left wing of the plenum. He also switched the order of the no-confidence motions because Homeland Security Minister Aharonovitch (Y.B.) was missing.
  • Labor and Meretz’s joint no-confidence motion tilted ‘The planned brutal cuts in state budget and the increase in VAT’ was defeated 13-61.
  • Hadash, Ra’am-Ta’al and Balad’s joint no-confidence motion titled ‘the government and police’s responsibility in the increase of violence in the Arab population’ was defeated 14-61.

Bills Summary

Amendment to the Traffic Ordinance Bill

Finance Committee Chairman Shama (Likud) explained the amendment will push off the reform of the “sherut” taxi cabs until December 31, 2013, with the ability to push off the reform again for another year if approved by the Finance Committee and Transportation Minister.

The bill passed its second reading 20-0.

The bill passed its third reading 23-0.

Amendment to the Law and Administration Ordinance Bill

House Committee Chairman Levin (Likud) explained that this amendment is the latest in a series of updates to the Law and Administration rules to meet the new Knesset protocol guidelines. He stated that there is a lot of cleanup involved in this amendment by erasing outdated paragraphs and provisions.

The bill passed its second reading 20-0.

The bill passed its third reading 18-0.

Struggle against Forging Intoxicating Liquors Bill

MK Kirshenbaum (Y.B.) explained that the amendment would place counterfeit alcohol under increased government supervision to ensure that forged intoxicated liquids don’t harm the public’s health. She said most counterfeit alcohol is imported and is cheaper than alcohol so it harms the health of the poorest and weakest populations.

MK Zeev (Shas) said he doesn’t know of any alcoholic drink that isn’t fake. He slammed today’s youth that celebrate every event in their lives with a lot of alcohol and said there is more to life than drinking. He slammed the fake medications coming out of Africa as well as the drinking culture. He noted that minors who drink are at risk of serious brain damage.

The bill passed its first reading 21-0 and was sent to the Health Committee.

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This was the Knesset Jeremy English translation protocol of the Knesset’s June 4, 2012, session.

Official protocol in Hebrew: http://www.knesset.gov.il/plenum/data/02690212.doc

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