Knesset launches new advanced legislative database

The database shows that the country has 898 laws in effect which collectively have been amended 6,000 times.

December 9, 2014 18:36

knesset . (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)


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The Knesset on Tuesday launched a new advanced legislative database which helps the viewer follow legislation through the byzantine process of developments and amendments.

The database shows that the country has 898 laws in effect which collectively have been amended 6,000 times.

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The viewer can file the text of a law from when it was first proposed as a bill through all of the committee readings and changes until its final version to better understand what principles were in play and under debate regarding the law.

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein said, "We have created a new and impressive tool for the general public and for those interested in analyzing legislation."

He added, "this is another significant aspect" of showing the "transparency" of the Knesset.

Many materials, such as the early orders which ran the state's rule of law until the first Knesset opened in 1949, are much more readily available to the public for the first time.

Additional materials are expected to be added on an ongoing basis.

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