Rivlin: Knesset science c'tee should expand responsibility

August 3, 2011 16:39


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Responsibility for preparing laws regarding higher education should be transferred from the Education Committee to the Science and Technology Committee, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin said at a ceremony in which Science Committee chairman MK Meir Sheetrit handed the chairmanship over to fellow Kadima MK Ronit Tirosh as part of a rotation agreement.

Rivlin said at the Knesset ceremony that he would be happy to help Tirosh, a former director-general of the Education Ministry, with whatever she needed. Sheetrit agr3ed that the authority and topics of the committee should be expanded. When he was chairman, he said, he led efforts to legislate on very complicated issues such as biometric identification and electronic "handcuffs."

Tirosh said that the public protests have drawn attention to social and economic issues from the usual agenda of security issues. This is an opportunity to deal with technological issues that affect everyone, she said. Kadima chairman MK Tzipi Livni suggested that Tirosh deal with matters of technological education and immigrant scientists.

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