MKs Submit More Than 170 Bills in First Three Hours of New Knesset

Lawmakers submitted more than 170 bills in less than three hours as the new Knesset held its first session yesterday.

MK David Rotem of Yisrael Beiteinu was the first to submit a bill, intended to secure the rights of citizens serving in the military or national service.

Over the following weeks, Knesset members are expected to submit more than 4,000 bills. Many will be submitted by the more than 80 lawmakers who were in the last Knesset, and were rejected by the plenum in the past.

The Knesset's activities will remain limited until a new coalition is formed; for now, only temporary incarnations of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and the Finance Committee will be meeting. In order to fill the void created by the temporary restraints on parliamentary activity, ministers will brief the plenum daily on their ministries' activities and answer questions.

Representatives of every faction will meet today to agree on the composition of a temporary Arrangements Committee, headed by Likud MK Gideon Saar, in order to insure smooth governance during the transition. MK Yoel Hasson of Kadima, the largest single parliamentary faction, said he expected parity with Likud in seat delegations for temporary committees.