(photo credit:Melanie Lidman)
MKs Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz) and Orly Levy- Abecassis (Likud Beytenu) have the
most impressive legislative record for the last year, the Israel Democracy
Institute announced on Monday.
The IDI plans to award the two with their
Outstanding Parliamentarian Award for their “serious efforts to promote issues
that are often overlooked, including safeguarding the rights of women, children,
residents of the periphery and immigrant rights, as well as environmental
The criteria for selecting awardees included attendance in
committee meetings, completed legislation, submission of parliamentary
questions, motions for the agenda and plenary speeches.
In the last
Knesset, Levy- Abecassis was chairwoman of the Committee on the Rights of the
Child and Horowitz was chairman of the Committee on Foreign Workers, and both
were freshman lawmakers.
The award committee, led by former Supreme Court
deputy president Theodor Or, found both MKs to have been highly active in
proposing legislation and using their roles in the Knesset to oversee the work
of government ministries.
“It’s very exciting that my parliamentary
efforts are being recognized in such a public way,” Horowitz said.
Outstanding Parliamentarian Award is an excellent starting-off point for my
second term in the Knesset, which I am sure will be even more
The Meretz MK also congratulated Levy-Abecassis, saying he
values her work and is able to cooperate with her despite their political
Levy-Abecassis said she is very proud to receive the award,
and thanked the other MKs who worked with her, including Horowitz.
is still a lot of [parliamentary] work ahead,” she added.
Outstanding Parliamentarian Award recipients were MKs Dov Henin (Hadash), Uri
Maklev (United Torah Judaism) and then-MK Zevulun Orlev (Bayit Yehudi), who was
chairman of the Committee on the Rights of the Child before Levy-Abecassis.
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