Vote on Kollel stipends bill postponed

October 23, 2010 23:03


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The vote on a bill that would reinstate stipends for men who study Torah full-time will not take place on Sunday as was previously scheduled, the Prime Minister's Office announced on Saturday.

The bill proposed by MK Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism) will be discussed in the Ministerial Committee on Legislation on Sunday but no vote will take place until the bill undergoes changes "that will encourage the yeshiva students to work."

The decision came following a Saturday evening meeting between Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, Interior Minister Eli Yishai and Gafni.

Israel Beiteinu, Labor and Likud ministers voiced opposition to the bill earlier on Saturday, while United Torah Judaism threatened to leave the coalition if the stipends were not passed by the end of the year.

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