THE SUMMER AND HOLIDAY seasons are over, and the Knesset is back in full swing. Given that the major piece of legislation over the next couple of months will be passage of the state budget for the next two years (the proposed budget passed a first reading on October 26), it is no surprise that Knesset members are making efforts to obtain as much as they can for their constituencies.Many of those efforts are often done quietly, as members try to fold pet outlays into omnibus bills, where the full extent of what they are proposing gets lost deep inside the fine print of sub-articles.One attempt by United Torah Judaism Knesset Member Moshe Gafni, however, has garnered headlines. Gafni’s bill, which came before the Ministerial Committee on Legislative Affairs in mid- October would grant yeshiva students hundreds of millions of shekels, essentially by restoring to them income assurance payments that were ordered halted by the Supreme Court during the summer. The bill was supported by Knesset Members from United Torah Judaism, Shas and National Union, but set off a storm by touching directly on a longstanding secular-religious rift, and even more particularly on the issue of direct tax-payer support for yeshiva students. Shas tried to calm matters by proposing that the income supplements also be extended to university students, before all factions agreed to delay discussing the matter for at least several weeks.