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.
|In an open and machine-readable format|
|Collected by government||Yes|
|collector_name||Jamaica Houses of Parliament|
Originally submitted by Alesha Aris: "I visited the Ministry of Justice Jamaica website, I was then directed to the house of Parliament website. It is under the publications tab that I was able to find documents related to the data."
On the website for the Houses of Parliament, both public (http://www.japarliament.gov.jm/index.php/publications/bills/public-bills) and private bills (http://www.japarliament.gov.jm/index.php/publications/bills/private-bills) are listed. While the website states that these bills are "currently being considered by Parliament," the status of the bills is unclear. The content and author of the bills are available to view and download in PDF format.