Knesset Racks Up 900 Bills in 2 Days

Speaker Yuli Edelstein at the podium in the Knesset plenum on Tuesday. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)

Evidently ignoring an admonition from Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein just the day before to refrain from submitting bills that have no chance of passage, MKs on Tuesday and Wednesday submitted some 900 legislative proposals, Arutz Sheva reported.

While most were bills left over from the 20th Knesset, which had not run their full course of debate and voting, some were new.

Among the most prolific legislators this week were MK Karin Elharar (Blue and White) who submitted 73 bills, MK Mickey Levy (Blue and White) with 70, and MK Uri Maklev (United Torah Judaism) 100.

The bills were not all their own. Many of them were authored by MKs who did not return to serve in the current Knesset, and were “captured” by those submitting them this week.

In his welcoming remarks to the incoming MKs, Edelstein noted that “in the outgoing Knesset, 5977 bills were placed on the Knesset’s table, but only 4 percent of them were put into the law book after they passed all the readings.”

“I do not come here with an emotional call not to legislate — legislate, but look at the full picture, look at whether this is something that has feasibility and whether it justifies all the resources and money wasted on the taxpayer. A law that has a chance to advance,” he said.

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