‘Lapid Bill 2’ passes hurdle in Knesset

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 Knesset House Committee it for its first plenum reading.
The bill, 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.
Originally, the legislation required aspiring MKs to join or declare a party within two weeks of publicly declaring their intention to run for politics.
However, during Tuesday’s meeting, Knesset Legal Advisor Eyal Yinon explained that there are constitutional difficulties with the bill’s text, and Levin made the changes immediately.
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