Many are cynical about the Knesset’s work, but few look at all the bills that they pass. Be one of the few, the proud, the Kalpi. Also make sure to check out the updated database to see all the bills passed from the last few months ranked in a completely non arbitrary manner. Without further ado…
- Passport Law – 26/6/2017 – Oded Forer, Yulia Melinovsky (Yisrael Beitenu) – Allows new immigrants to immediately receive a passport instead of a Teudat Ma’avar (a temporary passport that is essentially useless outside of Israel ensuring that the immigrant must hold on to their passport from their mother country).
- Welfare Services Law – 26/6/2017 – Zehava Galon, Merav Ben-Ari, Shelly Yachimovitvh, Nurit Koren, Shuli Moalem Refaeli, Tamar Zandberg, Michal Rozin, Aida Tuma Soloman – The law prepares a grant for women leaving a battered women’s shelter. The grant includes a social worker, help in exercising their rights and help in finding a place to work. In addition, it provides temporary living spaces for women leaving the shelters and their children. In order to be eligible for the grant a women will have to have been in the shelter for 60 days. For the apartment she will have had to spend 6 months in the shelter. During the debate regarding the law, it was mentioned that currently, the welfare budget only makes room for up to two children for women in this situation.
- Women’s Labor Law – 27/6/2017 – Eitan Cabel, Mordhay Yogev, Ayal Ben Reuven, Roy Falkman, Yoav Kish, David Amsalem, David Bitan, Itzik Shmuli, Nachman Shai, Yussi Yonah, Ayelet Nehemias Verbin, Michal Rozin, Revital Sweid, Yakov Peri, Yakov Asher, Ofer Shelah, Meir Cohen, Orly Levy Abukasis, Robert Ilatov, Tali Ploskov, Yoel Hasson, Omer Bar-Lev, Merav Ben-Ari, Anat Barko, Yehuda Glick, Na’ava Boker, Ikram Hasson, Yehiel Hilik Bar, Nurit Koren, Amir Peretz – Allows women to miss an hour of work if their husband is serving in the reserves for at least five consecutive days and they have young children. Here’s my question regarding the bill, what about single parents? Should they also receive special attention?
- Extending Emergency Laws (Judea and Samaria – jurisdiction) – 26/6/2017 – Government Bill – Theoretically, Israeli citizens living in Judea and Samaria need to turn to the local army administration if their house is robbed. This law extends the emergency law, which allows them to call the Israeli police regarding these matters.
- Holocaust Victim Property Law – 27/6/2017 – Government Bill – Currently, there exists a committee that helps find and return property taken from Jews during the Holocaust. The property is returned to heirs and when no heirs can be found it is sold and the money used to support Holocaust survivors. Their mandate ends at the end of 2017 and this law transfers that mandate to a different, smaller entity.
- Easing Disciplinary Measures Taken against Professionals – 19/6/2017 – Government Bill – This bill allows the President to “pardon” professionals who have had their license revoked or suspended. To this I say, sure, why not.
- Traffic Ordinance Law – 28/6/2017 – Government Bill – This is a housekeeping law that eliminates an article that is no longer applicable due to an extension of a different article regarding taxi licenses. Exciting!
- Foreign Workers Law – 26/6/2017 – Michal Rozin (Meretz) – The bill does a number of things. First it requires the Minister of Labor to come to a decision on how foreign workers should be paid in order to reduce the number of untracked cash payments. Second, if an employer has an outstanding fine related to employing foreign workers, he will not be able to receive authorization to hire more foreign workers. Finally, it adds certain reasons that an employer can be denied a license to employ a foreign worker.