The Constitution, Law and Justice Committee on Monday approved the so-called ”expulsion bill” for its second and third (final) readings in the Knesset plenum.

The amendment to Basic Law: the Knesset, originally named the ”suspension bill,” would give Knesset members the ability to vote to suspend their colleagues.

According to the bill, grounds for dismissal would be those listed in the Basic Law: Knesset for banning a party or person from running: incitement to violence or racism, support for armed conflict against Israel, or rejecting Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.

Justice Committee approves ”expulsion bill” for final plenary vote

(MK Nissan Slomiansky)

Some 70 lawmakers would be required to support the motion in its initial stages to get the process started, 10 of whom must be from the opposition.

If 90 MKs vote to kick a lawmaker out of parliament, the politician would be removed from office, but may appeal to the High Court of Justice. Knesset members would not be allowed to initiate the vote during an election season.

If approved, the law will not apply retroactively to actions MKs took before it passed.

The legislation is an initiative of Justice Committee Chairman MK Nissan Slomiansky (HaBayit HaYehudi). It was supported by a majority of committee members. In an act of protest, MKs from the opposition did not take part in the votes on the objections to the bill, which were all rejected last week.

The bill passed its first Knesset reading in March by a 59-53 vote.