The Ministerial Committee for Legislation voted down Sunday a Yesh Atid proposal to ban perpetrators of crimes with moral turpitude from ever running for elected office.
The bill sought to prohibit anyone convicted of a crime with moral turpitude of running for the Knesset or holding an executive government position, such as prime minister, minister or mayor. Currently, the law mandates a seven-year waiting period after the person is released from jail before he or she can run for political office.
The Justice Ministry opposed the bill proposed by MK Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid), saying it is too broad in both the time and the types of crimes to which it applies. At the same time, it allows people convicted of crimes without moral turpitude to run for office.