Yair Lapid speaks at a business conference in Eilat 390.
(photo credit: Ezra Levi)
Television personality-turned- politician Yair Lapid will not be forced to form a
party, but he is likely to have to reveal his campaign finances, as the
so-called “Lapid Bill 2” passed another hurdle in the Knesset on Tuesday when
the House Committee approved it for its first plenum reading.
proposed by House Committee chairman Yariv Levin (Likud) and MKs Otniel
Schneller (Kadima) and Daniel Ben- Simon (Labor), would require any person or
group that declares “in writing or in speech, clearly or through behavior,” an
intention to run for a Knesset seat without joining an existing party to follow
campaign finance laws and report all donations and income.
legislation required aspiring MKs to join or declare a party within two weeks of
publicly declaring their intention to run for politics.
Tuesday’s meeting, Knesset Legal Adviser Eyal Yinon explained that there were
constitutional difficulties with the bill’s text, and Levin made the changes
The committee chairman explained that the new version of the
bill served the same purpose as the original proposal, to ensure that all
Knesset candidates’ finances would be transparent and reported to the state
The five MKs in the House Committee meeting unanimously
approved the legislation.
In order to become law, the bill will have to
pass its first plenum reading, which is likely to take place next week. It will
then go back to the committee for further examination and changes, and then come
to a second and third (final) vote in the plenum.
Last week, after the
Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved the bill, Lapid slammed it on his
“It is nice that so many old-school politicians decided to
get together and prove to the public that everything I have been saying about
them is right,” Lapid wrote. “It is one thing to be a coward, but another to be
shameless. They could at least hide their fear.”
The nickname “Lapid Bill
2” refers to the first “Lapid Bill,” which required a cooling- off period for
journalists before entering politics.
The legislation was frozen after
Lapid announced he was running for the Knesset in January.