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  2/11/2013, Adar 1, 5773

1st Yesh Atid Bill: Transparency in Lobbying


Member of Knesset Adi Koll (Yesh Atid) introduced a legal proposal, Sunday, that would provide - for the first time - strict regulation of lobbyists. The bill states that the activities of lobbyists in Israel will be transparent to the public, will include submission of periodic reports to the chairman of the Knesset, shall require a preliminary statement that includes the matters in which the lobbyists will engage. It will also expand the definition of lobbying activity done with government members and senior administrative leadership in the executive.

The proposal calls for a cooling-off period of a year and a half for MKs, ministers and senior officials in the public sector, and sets a fine of up to NIS 50,000 for breaking the law. Koll said,  "The time has come to change the rules of the game and the complete separation between capital and power." She also said, "The law will eliminate the phenomenon of secret agents of the tycoons in the Knesset and put the citizen at the top of the priorities of elected officials." Eight Yesh Atid Knesset members were among those co-sponsoring the legislation.