A preliminary version of a bill was recently approved in the Knesset, known as the "Mikveh Law." It was proposed by eight MK's from Chareidi parties and four MK's from the Bayit Yehudi Party. The law decrees that "The use of a mikveh (ritual bath) will be allowed only for immersion that is halachically approved... according to the instructions of the Chief Rabbinate." This law was born as a reaction to a recent "victory" by Reform Jews, who won a case in the Supreme Court that permits them to immerse their new converts in a mikveh in Beer Sheva, just like people who are converted through the Chief Rabbinate. "It is not reasonable to expect residents from the south who want to convert through the Reform movement to travel to Kibbutz Hanaton in the north (which is Conservative), or to Modi'in or Omer... And even granting permission for them to immerse in these three places is not a satisfactory solution to the problem, since most of the converts come from Jerusalem or Tel Aviv..."
Supreme Court Justice Elyakim Rubenstein wrote a long decision, focusing on the need not to discriminate against Reform Jews: "Reform converts must be allowed to immerse in Beer Sheva, and it naturally follows that a similar solution must be made available in other regions where converts will be allowed to immerse in a mikveh. An explanation is necessary as to why public mikvaot which are built by public funds should not be made available to various private entities, when private Orthodox organizations which perform conversions have no trouble in obtaining the use of such mikvaot"