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Define Dataset: Legislative Data (Government Accountability and Democracy) #30

emily878 opened this issue Mar 6, 2015 · 1 comment


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emily878 commented Mar 6, 2015

Define the essential substantive elements of the core "Legislative Data" dataset. What are the components that it must minimally include? IDo we have a dataset that we could hold up as a model? (Calling @paultag...)

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waldoj commented Apr 3, 2015

I don't know what we should be doing with legislative websites that don't provide any actual data. I guess we should assess them anyway, noting that they exist, etc., etc., but that the data isn't machine-readable.

For lack of Open States guidance, here's how I'm defining the core elements.


  • ID
  • name
  • chamber (if extant—I'm looking at you, Nebraska)
  • party
  • district identifier
  • date sworn in


  • session
  • bill number
  • bill patron(s)
  • bill catch line (if extant)
  • bill summary (if extant)
  • bill text
  • bill status

There's a lot more that I'd like (vote data, committee/subcommittee dockets, a lot more legislator data points, bill histories, etc.), but I think this is a reasonable minimum model.

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