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The Bahamas

What data is expected?

Data about the bills discussed within national parliament as well as votings on bills (not to mix with passed national law). Data on bills must be available for the current legislation period. Open data on the law-making process is crucial for parliamentary transparency: What does a bill text say and how does it change over time? Who introduces a bill? Who votes for and against it? Where is a bill discussed next, so the public can participate in debates? This data category draws on work by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the Declaration of Parliamentary Openness.

  • Content of bill
  • Author of bill
  • Votes on bill per member of parliament
  • Transcripts of debates on bill
  • Status of bill

How open is the data?

Data Usability Beta

The submitter assessed the usability of the data as follows (3 - little to no effort needed, 1 - extensive effort needed): 2

Data format


Data Location

  • https://www.bahamas.gov.bs/wps/portal/public/General%20 - Bills Before Parliament
  • All answers

    Question Answer Comment
    Openly licenced No
    Downloadable at once Yes
    Up-to-date Yes
    Publicly available Yes
    Available free of charge Yes
    In an open and machine-readable format HTML The document downloads as a PDF
    findable 2
    findable_steps The website http://laws.bahamas.gov.bs/ does not have the bills in the stated section. This required additional searching more so there appears to be diffciulty in collecting data from the main .gov site as stated on the site, resulting in a lengthy loading time
    Collected by government Yes
    usability 2
    collector_name Office of The Attorney-General & Ministry of Legal Affairs
    Controlled access No
    characteristics Content of bill There are names but they are illegable
    location https://www.bahamas.gov.bs/wps/portal/public/General%20 - Bills Before Parliament

    Meta data

    Date the data became available   Unknown
    Format of data   Unknown
    Reviewer   Michael Beatty
    Submitters   Alesha Aris
    Last modified   Wed Jan 18 2017 05:51:05 GMT+0000 (UTC)