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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?
It's not openly licenced
It's not in an open and machine-readable format
It's not downloadable at once
It's not up-to-date
It's not publicly available
It's not available free of charge
The original submission was rejected because two required characteristics are notavailable. Content of bill is missing. Status of the bill is also missing.
There is no way to search for a given bill. The only way to get an indication of bills being discussed is by looking at the archives of Legislative sessions since 2009 (which are listed chronologically) (
https://www.asamblea.gob.sv/sesion-plenaria/votaciones-electronicas). For each legislative session they provide a summary of the items discussed in the legislature on the day. The names of bills are mentioned, but not their content or the ensuing debate. Votes on bills per member of parliament and the author of a bill can be found on two separate documents “Electronic Voting” and “Correspondence”, respectively. It is worth mentioning that these documents provide an aggregate summary of all the items voted on/or introduced in the legislature on that day. They can only be found under the record of legislature proceedings for a given day.
The original submission had indicated that Votes on Bills and Status of Bills was available. However, even though some information is available as to the votes on bills and the authors, the information is not very useful as they are presented without context (other than the fact that the bill was introduced/voted on on a specific date). This information would be extremely difficult to find without knowing the date a particular bill was discussed or voted on in front of the legislature. Status of bills on the other hand could not be found at all.
The original submission also indicated the following:
- Downloadable at once: No
-Up to date: No
-Open license: No
-Readable format: No