Accelerated efforts to pass 'Norwegian Law'

Bill would allow ministers to resign from the Knesset to make room for new MKs from the party lists.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Knesset plenum
Knesset plenum
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The Knesset Constitutional Committee will hold hearings today and accelerated discussions ahead of a first reading vote to approve the 'Norwegian law' that will allow ministers to resign from the Knesset so new MKs can be appointed from the party lists.

According to the law in question, the new MKs will enter the Knesset as long as the ministers they replace as Knesset members serve as ministers. In the event of their resignation or removal from the government, the new MKs will also resign, thereby returning the ministers to the Knesset.

The Blue and White faction is expected to be the primary beneficiary of the legislation, as the party's plurality of ministers and deputy ministers left them with few MKs who could work full-time in the Knesset.

In the preliminary reading that took place last week, the bill passed by a majority of 66 to 42.

If the law passes, five Blue and White ministers and seven ministers from the Likud, Shas, and UTJ, would step down as MKs.

If Blue and White members utilize the Norwegian Law, additional members of the opposition's Yesh Atid-Telem party, which split from Blue and White after the elections, would become MKs.