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Draft Legislation 85% open


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?

As per instructions, it makes sense not to be overly restrictive with draft legislation data and to accept submissions if they do not meet all our characteristics. This data set has 3 of the 5 criteria content, author and status. It is easy to find and readily available. To be specific - Authors are in almost all cases ministries. The site names the ministry that initiated the bill (not the civil servants who drafted it). Debates are only available when the bill is discussed in the plenary, not when earlier drafts are discussed in committee (most committees are non-public). Votes in committee and in plenary are released per party/fraction, not per member of parliament.

Data location - Website of the Austrian Parliament - Entry on the Austrian open government data portal,
Data licence
Data format   XML
Reviewer   Veronica Green
Submitters   Mathias Huter
Last modified   Wed Nov 30 2016 13:16:52 GMT+0000 (UTC)



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