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19th Knesset

38 bills proposed by MK Levin have been approved thus far in the 19th Knesset, passing a second and third reading and entering into law:

  A  law that stipulates a limitation on the amount of attorney fees paid to lawyers in consideration for handling claims for compensation under the Invalids (Nazi Persecutions) Law, 5717-1957, which resulted in the determination of eligibility for compensation as per the decision of the Minister of Finance, within individual claims and in consolidated claims by at least 50 claimants. Furthermore, it was stipulated that no proceedings for collection of attorney fees through the execution shall be enabled in such cases.

  A law that stipulates provisions on increasing supervision over transfers of funds within the defense budget by the Joint Defense Budget Committee.

  A law that requires employers to notify candidate employees on the progress of employee suitability tests at least once every three months and to notify candidate employees of their employment or non-employment no later than 14 days of hiring a person to man the position in question.

  A law stipulating that in the first claim within a family dispute the parties will be obligated to commence proceedings through a preliminary proceeding in the assistance unit aimed at reaching an agreement before the actual legal procedure.

  A law that stipulates a uniform date for the coming into force of provisions to mark food packages that were made during a certain year.

  A law that determines that a holder of copyrights in an Israeli film may give a license to use his copyrights and receive royalties due to the use of the film, including through a corporation for joint management of copyrights.

  A law that prohibits employment discrimination due to place of residence.

  A law that enables an external director to offer himself as a candidate for another term by himself, with no need for an offer by the company shareholders or board of directions, and in such a case, his appointment shall demand a majority among minority shareholders.

  A law that stipulates that students may not be eligible for financial aid provided in accordance with this law if he is a veteran who must appear for regular service and did not, without due justification, or if he is a defector from regular service as determined by the military orders.

  A law that will make the current arrangement on limiting the sentence of life prisoners when the court before which the criminal procedure is held has determined that they have committed a murder under unusually severe circumstances more strict.

  A law allowing the Government to release security prisoners in diplomatic deals while allowing the government to also revoke their release if, amongst other things, the diplomatic value of their release is not relevant anymore .

A law establishing that in the case of a disabled person working in a protected work environment, there is no need to repeatedly refuse sexual advances in order for those to be considered sexual harassment.

  A law removing the limitations to the use of the titles of "former Member of Knesset", "former Prime Minister", "former Minister" and "former deputy Minister" .

  A law that disqualified terrorists that were released in diplomatic deals from receiving funds from Israel's National Insurance (Bituach Leumi) for the period he was supposed to be sitting in jail before he was released prematurely.

  A law amending the procedures concerning the termination of the tenure of the President of State, ministers and members of the Knesset.

  A law repealing the provisions that allow to imprison debtors (exempting those who
owe child support) and creating a registry of solvent debtors who attempt to
avoid payment

  An amendment of the law governing the operation of the Company for Location and Restitution of Holocaust Victims’ Assets.

  A law increasing the penalty for an unlawful breaking and entering to an agricultural farm.

  An amendment establishing separation between registration for taxi drivers' license and the ownership of a vehicle serving as a taxicab.

  Basic Law: Referendum that requires popular approval for any withdrawal from Israeli territory as a governing principle of the Israeli Judiciary and as a virtually unchallengeable basic law.

  A law that requires bank corporations to notify clients in writing at least 21 business day in advance before demanding immediate repayment of a loan or taking legal action due to failure to meet the conditions of the loan.

  A law expanding the Advisory Committee by adding representatives of organizations that work to promote employment in various sectors whose integration into the workforce needs strengthening, and for the first time giving the Christian population separate representation.

 A law that regulates the issue of election funding in a situation where the elections to a local authority are canceled and new elections are to be held.

 A law granting strong local authorities the powers to conduct their affairs independently, which will reduce their dependence on the central government.

  A law that allows to change the make-up of the Ethics Committee of the Knesset so as to maintain the balance between representatives of the coalition and the opposition factions when the make-up of the coalition was altered as well as appointing substitutes for members of the committee.

 A law allowing emissaries of the Jewish Agency who are not directly employed by it to vote at Israeli delegations overseas.

  A law stating that tax will be calculated separately also for couples who have a shared source of income.

• A law which aids workers who are parents of a disabled child in all that relates to crediting sick leave.

•  A law protecting the rights of home buyers by exclusion of apartments paid for in full by the purchasers from a lien placed by the lending bank on the rights of the entrepreneurs or contractors to the land and the apartments built on it.

•  A law raising the age of marriage to eighteen and placing a legal obligation on the authorities related to the matter to report on the enforcement of the law.

•  A law regulating the process of electing the state comptroller by conducting only two rounds of voting.

•  A law regulating the process of electing the president of the state by conducting only two rounds of voting.

•  A law enabling the addition of a tenth deputy to the speaker of the Knesset as a temporary order to the nineteenth Knesset.

•  A law obligating sports associations and unions to transfer and submit information to the public, by power of the freedom of information act, in a way that ensures full transparency.

•  A law determining that the National Insurance Institute must send a notification regarding rights and obligations to a soldier upon his release from the army.

•  A law regulating the process of appointing and relieving the head of the opposition.

•  A law regulating the process of proposing candidates to serve as the president of the state.

•  A law regulating the process of proposing candidates to serve as the state comptroller.

18th Knesset

Following is a list of  the 40 bills that were proposed by MK Yariv Levin during the term of the 18th Knesset, and have been passed on the second and third readings and became laws:

•  A law that sets time limits for providing responses to complaints by consumers regarding excessive charges. The Law also includes a maximum period within which excess charges must be returned.

•  A law that regulates the allocation of rights to election funding and expenses between the elections lists for local authorities that are joint lists of two or more parties.

•  A law that for the first time defines the rights of grandparents to appeal to a Family Affairs Court for a ruling regulating visitation rights with their young grandchildren.

•  A law that allows local authorities to establish dedicated funds for carrying out educational projects, using surpluses that have accumulated from sums they receive for (land) Betterment Tax payments.

•  A law that regulates the process for correcting textual errors or omissions that may have occurred in the text of a law passed by the Knesset.

•  A law that applies the prohibition on sexual relations between therapist and patient also to anyone giving alternative medicine therapy which creates a dependent relationship between therapist and patient.

•  A law that allows political parties that hold election primaries for their institutions or their Knesset election list, to receive updated information from the Population Registration about party members, so that it will be possible for them to manage a voters list that includes up-to-date addresses and other relevant information on party members.

•  A law that places responsibility for illegal mining not only on the owner of the mine but also on anyone who carries out commercial activity or transportation of materials quarried or mined from an unauthorized mine.

•  Amendment to the Consumer Protection Law obliging businesses and suppliers to send consumers an annual summary of charges and of any payments made together with notification regarding the remaining debt on these charges.

•  Amendment to the Payments To Former Prisoners [POWs and other members of the security services captured by enemy forces] Law that determines that a former POW will be entitled to an additional 25% on the annual payment due to him/her when he/she becomes 80 years old.

•  Amendment to the Political Parties Law requiring candidates to the Knesset who are not grouped as a party or are running as part of an existing party toreport on donations received, to open a dedicated bank account for all election requirements. The bill also sets a limit to the size of a permitted donation. The provisions of the bill are adjusted to the existing legislation on candidates in primary elections and in parties not represented in the Knesset.

•  Amendment to the Government Corporations Law that gives preference to Druze candidates for positions in Government corporations and local authorities in areas of residence of members of the Druze community.

•  Amendment to the Political Parties Law that regulates the process of the presentation of reports to the Party Registry and to the State Comptroller by political parties.

•  A law that restricts the advertising and marketing of alcoholic drinks which sets limits on advertising of alcohol as part of the fight against drunkenness.

•  Amendment to the Knesset Law that coordinates the provisions of the Knesset Law on the question of the distribution of factions to the legal situation following the enactment of the Law on Political Parties.

•  Amendment to the Budget Basis Law that specifies the duty of reporting the implementation of the Knesset budget to the Joint Committee of the Knesset House Committee and the Finance Committee on the Knesset Budget.

•  Amendment to the Knesset Law that specifies the way to authorize and correct the rules regulating the payment of salaries, benefits, and other payments to a person whose membership of the Knesset has been suspended.

•  Amendment to the Ports Ordinance (restriction on responsibility of customs agent),provides that customs agents will not be responsible for payments of port fees charged to goods owners.

•  A law that states that the State of Israel will allocate an annual sum of 4.8 million NIS for original television productions in the Amharic and Tigrigna languages to be produced by teams from the Ethiopian community in Israel and to be broadcast on a dedicated Amharic and Tigrigna TV channel.

•  Amendment to law on copyrights that rules a presumption that the person whose name appears on a record as the producer, will be considered the producer.

•  Amendment to the law on consumer protection that requires service providers to enable a consumer who pays an account by means of a bank standing order, to determine the day of the month on which the payment will be transferred.

•  Amendments to the laws that established memorial centres for Menachem Begin and Yitzhak Rabin, that permits museums within these memorial centres and that cancels the limitations on the duration of the term in office of the directors and board members of the centres.

•  A law that extends the supervision over sex offenders to include anyone convicted of offences relating to publication and possession of pornographic material in which minors appear.

•  The boycott law – law that provides protection to Israeli citizens, academic institutions, cultural institutions and businesses from boycotts against them because of their activity in Israel or in territories held by Israel. The law allows anyone harmed by such a boycott to receive compensation fordamages and also enables the withholding of Government funding from bodies that call for such boycotts.

•  A law setting limits on the sale of land and property to foreigners.

•  A law determining the requirements for a candidate to serve as a Qadi Madhab (Druze religious judge).

•  A law carrying out amendments to the provisions of the Law on the Knesset in regard to removal from office of a Knesset speaker or deputy speaker to make the Law conform with the Basic Law: The Knesset.

•  A law enabling the Knesset to decide on the cancellation of payments to a Member of Knesset or former Member of Knesset, who has committed serious crimes and has not faced interrogation, trial or served a sentence.

•  A law determining the rules of interpreting contracts that cancels the ruling by the Supreme Court known as the "Apropim" ruling.

•  Abolition of the Commission for Future Generations at the Knesset.

•  Amendment to the Government Companies Law, expanding the list of those permitted to serve on the board of directors of government corporations, including people with second or third degrees in the humanities.

•  Amendment to the Traffic Law, setting up a national information centre regarding all public transport services.

•  A law requiring regular periodic reports to the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defence Committee by Ministry of Defence departments of rehabilitation and of family and commemoration.

•  A law regulating the establishment of confidential sub-committees of the Finance Committee and the limits of confidentiality.

•  A law allowing members of ballot station committees to cast their votes at the station where they serve on election day.

•  A law regulating the composition of the Knesset Praesidium.

•  A law to prevent drunkenness, that gives policemen the power to confiscate alcoholic drinks found in the possession of a minor at any hour of the day.

•  A law Cancelling the limitation on the number of partners in a professional partnership, specifically of lawyers or accountants

•  A law requiring public bodies to provide information to both parents regarding the children of parents who live apart.

•  A law requiring the Israel Bar Association to provide free legal aid to people with insufficient means.