Draft Legislation 65% 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?

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).
In an open and machine-readable format + DOC / DOCX
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
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

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

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
Data licence   http://www.vvc.gov.lv/export/sites/default/docs/LRTA/Li
Data format   Unknown
Reviewer   Alyssa Beaton
Submitters   Toms Ceļmillers
Last modified   Wed Dec 14 2016 11:21:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)