(Un)Kill(ed) Bill(s): Support for Agunot and the Galilee

The last of the passed winter session bills have arrived! Please check out the site’s new page where we rank all the bills using a completely Arbitrary System of Awesomeness and relevance (ASA). Without further ado…

Consumer Protection Bill – Ya’akov Asher, Moshe Gafni, Uri Maklev – UTJ – The law requires big markets that sell goods by weight to provide a scale for customers to weigh the goods before checking out. This will hopefully speed up checkout lines filled with people who bring a bag of apples to a cash register and then ask the store employee to remove the apples one by one until the desired price appeared. I hate these people.

Rabbinical Courts Bill – Shuli Moalem-Refaeli – HaBayit HaYehudi – The law strengthens punitive measures that can be taken against men who refuse to grant their wife a bill of divorce. This includes denying them food in jail of a higher level of kashrut, to participate in study activities within jail and to stay in a section of the jail meant for observant Jews. They will also have to where prison clothes at all times, even in public places on furloughs.

Income Insurance Bill – Zehava Galon, Aliza Lavie, Orly Levy-Abukasis, Dov Khenin, Micky Levi, Karin Elharrar – Meretz, Yesh Atid, Yisrael Beitenu, UAL – The law changes a condition for women receiving a grant at battered women’s shelters. Previously, they would start receiving the grant if they qualified for it the previous month, now that requirement has been cancelled.

Galilee Bill – Just a ton of MKs getting on the farm train – The first version of this bill was a pleasant one sentence that extended subsidies to chicken farmers for another 10 years. The bill that was passed is much longer and includes a full colored map. It grants a number of benefits and subsidies for the Galilee region to encourage its development in every way.

National Service Bill – Government bill – The bill orders the functioning of national civil service, something which anyone who has served could tell you was necessary. This includes the creation of a public council to make recommendations and to partially oversee the service, regulations on how entities that use or operate national service can run their businesses and regulators who will ensure that the entities making use of national service volunteers are ideologically suitable. The bill is very long and I did not read the entire document. If you feel that I missed something important, please leave a comment below!

Planning and Building Bill – Government Bill – The bill increases punishments stemming from planning and building violations as well as increasing the tools that the government has to remove illegal buildings and those buildings that are being used illegally.

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