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Budget debate and votes expected to last all night

After giving initial approval to the state budget framework, lawmakers are expected to debate the Arrangements Bill — the detailed legislation allocating the resources — throughout the night.

Coalition negotiations are still taking place up until the last moment, with the parties resolving several disagreements but a key dispute remaining between the left-wing Meretz party and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s Yamina over a regulatory reform that is included in the Arrangements Bill.

Meretz has expressed concern that the reform, meant to streamline bureaucracy, will benefit business and industry at the cost of public health and the environment.

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