First draft of bill to limit pork barreling on budget passed

The bill would prevent exploitation of the Economics Arrangements Law for partisan gain.

October 19, 2006 00:11

The Knesset passed a preliminary reading Wednesday of a bill to limit the Economic Arrangements Law in a vote of 45-0. The Economics Arrangements Law, a collection of bills that is passed every year alongside the budget, has often been criticized by MKs as pork barrel legislation. The bill, initiated by MK Orit Noked (Labor), proposes that the contents of the Economics Arrangements Law be limited to budgetary items and that reforms and proposals for other issues can no longer be packed into it. The law must now pass a vote in the Knesset's Constitution, Law and Justice Committee before it returns for a second and third vote. Originally, the bill was opposed by Finance Minister Avraham Hirchson and other Kadima MKs. Noked met with Hirchson and changed the bill several times before the coalition MKs agreed to vote for it. If the bill passes a second and third reading in the coming months, it will take effect immediately on the 2007 Budget and Economics Arrangements Law.

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