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Knesset Belatedly Approves 1972-73 $3.9 Billion State Budget

After 70 meetings, a marathon final session and three readings, the Knesset today–three months behind schedule–finally approved the 1972-73 State budget of IL 16,385 billion ($3.9 billion). It was piloted through the readings by Israel Kargman, chairman of the Finance Committee.

Outside the plenum yesterday, seven Labor Alignment members sent the Presidium the text of their joint private members’ bill on electoral reform. It provides for the combining of constituency elections to the Knesset with the current system of country-wide elections. It is expected to be recognized next week, but will probably fall of a majority because of opposition from Mapam, Gahal, the National Religious Party and most of the small factions.