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        7/31/2013, Av 24, 5773

      Knesset's Last Day Before Summer to Discuss Referendum

      The Knesset will discuss two controversial laws on Wednesday, the final day of the Knesset session before summer recess. Both the Referendum Law and Governance bill will be submitted for first readings. Three readings are needed for a bill to become a law.

      Dozens of Members of Knesset from a variety of different parties have already signed up to attend the hearing, which could take hours. A majority of at least 61 MKs are needed for approval of the two bills.

      The Referendum Law is currently already in existence, but the new vote would place as part of the Basic Law. The law would make a nationwide referendum necessary for such issues as territorial compromise in which the state would relinquish land to the Palestinian Authority.

      The Governance Bill would increase the threshold in elections from 2% to 4%, thus eliminating smaller parties with only 2 or 3 MKs.