Yesh Atid's electoral reform bill passes preliminary vote
By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
July 3, 2013 12:56
Yesh Atid's electoral reform bill passed a preliminary reading of the Knesset plenum on Wednesday, with 60 MKs voting in favor of the bill and 44 opposed.
The bill, proposed by MK Ronen Hoffman, calls for limiting the number of ministers to 18, who can each hold only one portfolio, and capping the number of deputy ministers at four. The bill would raise the minimum number of MKs required to pass a no-confidence motion from 61 to 65 and the electoral threshold from two to four percent.
There will now be negotiations to combine the Yesh Atid bill with a bill proposed by Knesset Law Committee chairman David Rotem (Yisrael Beytenu) that already passed in its preliminary reading on May 8 before coming to final votes by the end of the month.