Draft Legislation 100% open

United States

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
In an open and machine-readable format HTML, XML
Downloadable at once Yes
Up-to-date Yes
Publicly available Yes
Available free of charge Yes
findable 3
findable_steps Looked for "bill drafts" and you can go to either the USGPO or Congress to find the data
licence_url https://www.congress.gov/legal/#copyright
Collected by government Yes
usability 2
collector_name US gov publishing office
characteristics Content of bill, Author of bill, Votes on bill per member of parliament, Transcripts of debates on bill, Status of bill
location https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/bulkdata/BILLS - Bulk download of xml of congressional bills, http://docs.house.gov/floor/ - bills to be considered by congress

Meta data

Data location   https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/bulkdata/BILLS - Bulk download of xml of congressional bills
   http://docs.house.gov/floor/ - bills to be considered by congress
Data licence   https://www.congress.gov/legal/#copyright
Data format   HTML, XML
Reviewer   Michael Beatty
Submitters   Oscar Montiel
Last modified   Fri Feb 03 2017 16:04:36 GMT+0000 (UTC)