Knesset speaker blocks MK with COVID-19 from voting

2021-07-15 00:11:32

Knesset Speaker Mickey Levy prevented his Yesh Atid colleague, MK Vladimir Beliak, from coming to vote within the parliament on Wednesday, after he examined optimistic for the novel coronavirus.

Throughout the tenure of earlier speaker Yariv Levin (Likud), MKs in quarantine had been permitted to come back vote within the Knesset press gallery. Levy, who met with Knesset officers and well being care professionals earlier than making his resolution, set a precedent by requiring Beliak to remain dwelling.

“The proper to vote is a elementary proper for a public servant,” Levy mentioned. “Throughout a time of corona, there’s additionally an obligation for the Knesset to keep up the well being of the general public and its elected officers. When balancing these two essential rules, sadly we can’t let an MK sick with corona vote and train that proper.”

In keeping with the Knesset spokesperson, Beliak was totally vaccinated. Levy mentioned he would work to discover a answer to the issue for the long run.

His resolution resulted within the postponement of payments supported by the coalition, together with a primary regulation setting the principles for a rotation authorities.

The coalition voted down a number of payments submitted by opposition MKs, together with a invoice initially supported by many coalition MKs that may take away the citizenship of a terrorist who receives a stipend from the Palestinian Authority. The invoice fell by a vote of 63 to 49.

Voting on a controversial invoice, which might decriminalize the possession of as much as 50 gr. of hashish or 15 hashish seeds for particular person leisure use, was postponed by two weeks on Wednesday, following a stormy debate within the Knesset plenum.

The invoice’s sponsor, New Hope faction head Sharren Haskel, agreed to the delay on the request of Ra’am (United Arab Listing) head Mansour Abbas, who opposes it for non secular causes. She expressed confidence that the invoice would go after compromises can be reached.

Haskel delivered an impassioned plea to Abbas to assist the invoice, saying that it will profit his Israeli Arab constituents. She identified that 45% of Arab residents have used hashish and a 3rd of these arrested for possession are Arabs.

Knesset member Michal Woldinger, who has handled hundreds of younger individuals in drug rehab facilities, delivered an equally emotional deal with in opposition to the invoice, which she warned would result in extra individuals utilizing hashish.

The regulation would change the present fining system for hashish use in public. Whereas customers now face fines for first-time offenses of NIS 1,000 and second-time offenses of NIS 2,000 earlier than felony costs are issued, the brand new regulation would decrease the fines to NIS 500 and get rid of the choice to criminalize the consumer.

If somebody is discovered to own over 50 gr. of hashish in public, however can show that it’s meant for their very own private use, they may obtain a tremendous of NIS 2,000 and keep away from felony costs.

Whereas this laws would nonetheless stop leisure hashish retailers from opening up, the brand new authorities sees decriminalization as a crucial first step whereas they put together the rather more complicated laws wanted to create a framework for a authorized, leisure hashish market.

The invoice would additionally enable individuals to attraction to the attorney-general to retroactively void any felony data they could have on account of leisure hashish use, and reclassify CBD as a meals additive.

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