Simcha Rothman
Simcha RothmanKnesset Channel

Constitution Committee chairman informs committee members that the final day of discussions on the law will be this coming Sunday.

MK Simcha Rothman, chairman of the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, on Thursday evening sent a message to the members of the committee in which he informed them that this coming Sunday will be the final day of the discussions on the Reasonableness Standard Bill, which would limit the use of the judicial doctrine of reasonableness.

This means that votes on the sections of the law, which passed its first reading in the Knesset this week, will be held in the committee as early as this coming Monday.

The message sent by Rothman reads, "The meeting on Sunday will be the last hearing before the wording is distributed in order for reservations to be filed. During the meeting, the members of the Knesset will be able to summarize their opinions on the law."

"Since, unlike most hearings of the Constitution Committee, many members of the Knesset attend these meetings, and in order to avoid unpleasantness and complaints, I am making it clear that priority will be given in the order of speakers to the members of the committee, and to members of the Knesset who have not yet expressed themselves on the issue in the committee, as they arrive."

MK Rothman also added, "Immediately at the end of the discussion, the wording for reservations will be distributed and reservations can be submitted until 7:00 a.m. on Monday. Shabbat Shalom, Simcha."

Earlier on Thursday, the opposition claimed that, despite the fact that the coalition claims to have watered down the bill which is now being advanced, the new version is actually tougher than the version which passed its first Knesset reading a few days ago.

Members of the opposition argued that the new version includes an amendment under which a decision not affected by the "reasonableness" standard for elected officials will be "any decision."

The new version refers to, "The decision - any decision, including on matters of appointments or a decision to avoid activating any authority."

The version was published in response to threats by opposition leader MK Yair Lapid that he will turn to the Supreme Court within two weeks if Justice Minister Yariv Levin does not activate the Judicial Selection Committee.

Since changing the current makeup of the committee is one of the suggested reforms, Levin is waiting for that change to be decided upon before calling a meeting of the committee. Lapid would like to have the courts force the committee to meet, claiming the delay is "unreasonable", but the amendment will prevent him from doing so.