Ministers advance 'Norwegian bill' allowing them to quit Knesset
By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
July 19, 2015 20:11
The Ministerial Committee on Legislation voted to advance a bill Sunday that would enable a minister or deputy minister from each small party to quit the Knesset but return if they leave the cabinet.
If passed into law, the bill would apply to factions of less than a dozen MKs. It still must pass multiple political hurdles to become law but if it does, there would be new MKs in Bayit Yehudi, Shas, and United Torah Judaism.
The bill has been advanced by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, who wants to quit the Knesset to enable the entrance of former MK Shuli Moalem-Refaeli, the next candidate on the Bayit Yehudi list.
In UTJ, a deputy minister would leave in favor of former MK Ya'acov Asher. In Shas, former MK Avraham Michaeli would return at the expense of deputy minister or Religious Affairs Minister David Azoulay.
Kulanu would also be eligible to have a new MK come in but sources in the party said it would decline to do so, because of the cost to the public coffers.