(Un)Kill(ed) Bill(s): Voting Rights and Domestic Violence

Every week the Knesset passes laws that affect our lives…or someone’s life. Here are some that were passed last week.

Bill to Forbid Discriminatory Practices – Shuli Moalem Refaeli – HaBayit HaYehudi (Eitan Cabel (Labor) argued for the bill in the Knesset…Teamwork!) – The bill forbids any public organization or anyone using public spaces to deny service based on where a customer lives. Businesses must also clarify to which locations they refuse service and if they don’t they are obligated to serve the customer wherever.

Local Election Bill – Ilan Gilon, Aliza Lavie (Teamwork!) – Establishes rules allowing prisoners to vote in local elections for where they live when they’re not in prison. It will also allow prison guards to vote at those voting booths as well. This could lead to a fascinating Shawshank Redemption meets the West Wing movie

Amendment to the Law to Prevent Domestic Violence – Zahava Galon, Nurit Cohen, Revital Sweid, Shuli Moalem Refaeli (Teamwork!) –  An amendment to this law. If the police receive a complaint that someone has violated their restraining order and decide not to arrest the alleged violator, the presiding officer must give the reason in writing.

Warnings for the Irresponsible – Zehava Galon, Moshe Gafni, Eitan Cabel, Shelly Yachimovitch, Rachel Azaria (So much teamwork!) – Advertisements for loans must include warnings that not paying off the loan in time can lead to interest payments and debt collection processes…who’da thunk?

Local By-Law Inspector Extension – An extension of another ordinance that gives municipal authorities the ability to appoint inspectors to enforce by-laws (חוקי עזר). The inspectors have some police like authority and can help police with regards to crimes of violence.


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