Knesset session 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu froze the "Bar Association Bill," telling
Justice Minister Ya'akov Neeman to "stop the progress of this law." The
bill’s status changed from postponed to on-time to postponed yet again
on Wednesday afternoon. First, MK Carmel Shama-Hacohen (Likud) announced
that he plans to take advantage of a little-used article in Knesset
regulations that allows a bill to be brought back to a committee for
discussion, after it is already submitted for its second and third
(final) readings in the plenum.
to Channel 10 news, Netanyahu understood that the bill in its present
form, even if it passed a final reading in the Knesset, would not stand
in the High Court of Justice.
Likud ministers rebel against ‘Bar Association Bill’
Contentious vote delayed despite PM intervention
The prime minister's decision to freeze the bill follows outrage from fellow Likud members over amendments to the bill Monday
Those amendments retroactively canceled the selection of representatives to the Judicial Selection Committee, a move which Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar said set a dangerous precedent.
The justice minister has not voiced his opinion on the bill himself, due to his position as chairman of the Judicial Selection Committee.
Earlier Wednesday, Kadima delayed
the vote on the controversial “Bar Association Bill” despite Netanyahu's
attempt to ensure the second and third (final) readings of the
legislation would take place on Monday.
Monday, the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee approved a
change to the “Bar Association Bill” that would effectively cancel the
results of the Bar’s recent election of representatives to the Judicial
Selection Committee, leading to an uproar among Likud ministers.
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committee was meant to vote on Shama-Hacohen’s proposed postponement on
Wednesday afternoon, but the meeting was canceled within an hour of its
Lahav Harkov contributed to this report
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