Cabinet sitting down Knesset 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
The Ministerial Committee on Legislation approved an electoral reform bill
proposed by MK Ronen Hoffman on Sunday, clearing the way for it to become law
before the Knesset begins its extended summer recess at the end of the
Hoffman’s bill calls for limiting the number of ministers to 18,
who can each hold just 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.
“Today we took an important step on
the way to keeping our promise to the voters to change the electoral system,”
said Hoffman, an MK with Yesh Atid. “I worked on my bill with academics,
researchers, and experts. It represents the proper balance between the
principles of governmental stability and strengthening democracy.”
bill’s next step will take place Wednesday, when it will come to a vote in a
preliminary reading in the Knesset plenum. It will then be combined 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.
Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman has
promised to pass an electoral reform bill before the Knesset’s recess begins on
To that end, he agreed to tone down a controversial clause in
Rotem’s bill that would have made submitting motions of no-confidence in the
government nearly impossible.
Liberman proposed that each opposition
faction would be allowed to file one no-confidence motion a month and that they
would all be discussed the same day in the presence of the prime
He said such a change, which would take effect with the next
Knesset, would return value to no-confidence motions while enabling the Knesset
and the government to focus on more serious work.
Hoffman and Rotem will
meet after Wednesday to work out a compromise on no-confidence votes that will
enable the combined electoral reform legislation to pass into law.