The Ministerial Committee on Legislation postponed by three months, Sunday, discussion of a bill by Member of Knesset Moshe Mizrahi (Labor) that would require a mayor or deputy mayor to suspend him or herself immediately if indicted for a crime, whether it was a misdemeanor or a felony. The deferral came in light of a government bill being formulated by the Justice Ministry. The government bill is being promoted by Interior Minister Gid'on Sa'ar, who is scheduled to conduct a hearing on the proposal on Thursday.
A number of incumbents in Tuesday's mayoral elections around the country are charged with crimes. Last week, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein issued an opinion that municipal leaders in this situation suspend themselves rather than be ousted so that they can return to their positions if proven innocent in court.