Draft Legislation 72% open

Latvia

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): 3

Data Location

  • http://tap.mk.gov.lv/mk/tap/ - Legislation submitted to the Government
  • http://titania.saeima.lv/LIVS12/saeimalivs12.nsf/webAll - Legislation submitted to the Parliament
  • All answers

    Question Answer Comment
    Openly licenced Yes According to the Freedom of Information Law the information that is published by institutions providing state functions can be interpreted as "generally accessible information" that is compatible with Public domain approach. The law does not require for the institutions to publish declarations or licences with the information (they can be provided on voluntary basis).
    Downloadable at once No It is possible to download each legislative act, However these systems don't provide bulk download of all legislative acts.
    Up-to-date Yes
    Publicly available Yes
    Available free of charge Yes
    In an open and machine-readable format + DOC / DOCX
    findable 3
    findable_steps I knew where the data was.
    licence_url http://www.vvc.gov.lv/export/sites/default/docs/LRTA/Li
    Collected by government Yes
    usability 3
    collector_name Valsts kanceleja / Saeima
    characteristics Content of bill, Author of bill, Status of bill
    location http://tap.mk.gov.lv/mk/tap/ - Legislation submitted to the Government, http://titania.saeima.lv/LIVS12/saeimalivs12.nsf/webAll - Legislation submitted to the Parliament

    Reviewer comments

    The submission fulfills the data characteristics. While the submitter initially stated that all characteristics were available, I was unable to locate votes and transcripts. While, as the submitter states, "it is possible to download each legislative act, However these systems don't provide bulk download of all legislative acts." Therefore the answer was changed to no. Furthermore, each draft usually has more than one document, each of which are separately downloadable in Word doc only. Regarding whether the data is openly licensed, the submitter states that "according to the Freedom of Information Law the information that is published by institutions providing state functions can be interpreted as "generally accessible information" that is compatible with Public domain approach. The law does not require for the institutions to publish declarations or licences with the information (they can be provided on voluntary basis)."

    Meta data

    Date the data became available   Unknown
    Format of data   Unknown
    Reviewer   Alyssa Beaton
    Submitters   Toms Ceļmillers
    Last modified   Wed Dec 14 2016 11:21:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)