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Database Contents and Legislative Calendars


Database Contents
Legislative Calendars

Database Contents
updated January 2004

Jurisdiction Summary Holdings No. of Summaries Full Text Holdings No. of Full Texts Notes
Albania Feb 1999 (1) 1 Feb 1999 1 1 record (Ombudsman Law)
Angola 1975-Jun 2001 1,313 17 Jan 1997-Jun 2001 450 None
Argentina 1974-Oct 2003 9,251 Jun 1974-Oct 2003 9,246 Jan-May 1996 missing; 5 summaries from 1933-1975
Bahrain 1991 (Jan-Feb) 9 None 0 None
Bolivia 1976-July 2003 1,636 Jan 1977-Jul 2003 1,585 5 summaries, 1968-1975
Brazil 1976-Oct 2003 6,822 Jan 1977-Oct 2003 6,458 4 summaries, 1961-1975
Cape Verde 1978-Sep 1998 286 None 0 2 summaries, 1977
Chile Apr 1975-Jul 2003 3,334 Apr 1975-Jan 2003 3,331 3 summaries, 1973
China 1982-1999 4 1982-1999 4 Constitution and amendments
Colombia May 1975-Jul 2003 4,011 1974-Jun 2002 4,007 6 summaries, 1966-1974
Costa Rica May 1975-Oct 2003 2,679 Jan 1982-Jun 2003 2,059 None
Cuba 1976-Dec 1999 1,912 20 Jan 1977-Dec 1999 1,827 None
Dominican Republic 1976-Aug 1998 819 1 Apr 1977-Aug 1998 789 4 summaries, 1975
Ecuador 1975-Nov 2003 3,835 02 Jan 1978-Nov 2003 3,429 22 summaries, 1924-1974 (agreements)
Egypt 1980 (1) 1 None 1 Constitution
El Salvador 1976 -Oct 2003 2,955 07 Feb 1977-Apr 2003 2,763 23 summaries, 1948-1975 (agreements)
Equatorial Guinea 1980-1991 153 None 0 None
Guatemala 1908-Dec 2003 4,639 1908-11 Nov 2003 4,629 None
Guinea-Bissau 1977-Aug 1994 98 Apr/May1976; Aug1984 12 1 summary, 1970, 2 from 1971
Haiti 1976-July 2003 589 09 Dec 1976-Apr 2003 559 2 summaries, 1975
Honduras 1976-Aug 2003 1,895 25Jan 1977-Aug 2003 1,854 1 summary, 1975
Korea Nov 1994-Sep 2003 2,621 Aug 1994-Sep 2003 2,282 Selected texts, 1948-1994 (environmental/ commercial law)
Kuwait 1980-Apr 2003 344 1961-Apr 2003 340 1962 (1), 1964 (1), 1979 (2)
Lithuania 1994-July 1999 4,684 1994-July 1999 4,684 75 summaries, 1921-1993 (agreements)
Madagascar 1991-1992 54 None 0 1 summary, 1990
Mauritania 1991-Feb 2003 121 1980-Feb 2003 54 Selected texts, 1980-1991( mostly environmental law)
MERCOSUR Jul 1994-Feb 2002 758 Jul 1994-Feb 2002 758 6 summaries, 1991 and 1993
Mexico Sep 1975-Jun 2003 6,547 2 Jun 1966-Jan 2003 6,340 25 summaries, 1944-1974
Monaco 1998-1999 56 None 0 None
Mozambique Feb 1975-Nov 2001 1,763 28 Jan 1997-Nov 2001 411 None
Nicaragua 1975-Oct 2003 2,660 22 Dec 1980-May 2003 2,081 1995 poor coverage; 20 summaries, 1901-1974
O.A.S. June 2002 78 None 0 1948 Charter; a few summaries from 1996, 1997, 2001 on anticorruption, terrorism
Panama Oct 1975-Aug 2003 2,110 11 Jan 1977-14 Aug 2001 1,595 314 summaries, 1904-1975
Paraguay 1978-July 2003 1,088 16 Jan 1990-Jul 2003 950 3 summaries, 1976; 1 from 1977; Overall poor coverage, 1979 missing
Peru 1976-Aug 2003 6,966 6 May 1983-2 Jun2003 5,501 2 summaries 1974; 3 from 1975; Jan-Mar 1983 missing
Philippines Dec 1987-Mar 2003 391 13 Feb 1997-Mar 2003 128 2 summaries 1985; 4 from 1987
Portugal Jul 1970-Apr 2000 7,805 4 Jan 1996-Apr 2000 1,599 1 summary, 1969; 5 from early 1970
Romania Jun 1995-Nov 2003 2,446 Jun 1995-Nov 2003 2,446 Selected texts 1864 (1)-1994
Rwanda 1990-1993 45 None 0 1979 (1); 1988 (1)
Sao Tome Principe Mar 1986-1994 130 None 0 3 summaries; 1979
Senegal 1990-May 1997 63 None 0 None
Spain 1989-Sep 2002 4,699 None 0 25 summaries, 1949-1988
Taiwan Apr 1999-Dec 2003 755 Apr 1999-Dec 2003 755 1947 constitution; selected texts 1975-1993
Tunisia 1997-May 2003 158 A few-1997-2000 120 Selected summaries, 1959-1995 incomplete
Ukraine Sep 1994-Oct 2001 1,055 15 Feb 1995-Jan 2000 808 Selected texts, 1990-1995
United States Jan 1995-Oct 2003 1,755 Jan 1995-Oct 2003 1,755 Constitution & some texts from 1700s; environmental laws from 1970s-1980s; 104th and 105th Congresses incomplete
Uruguay Dec 1975-Dec 2003 5,619 28 Jan 1993-Nov 2003 3,341 1966 (1); 1973 (2)
Venezuela Dec 1975-Dec 2001 3,593 27 Dec 1977-Dec 2001 3,346 1902 (2); 1973 (1)
Total 104,606 Total 82,298

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NOTE: These figures are not meant to be exact holdings information, but are provided to give a sense of the contents of the GLIN database as a general guide to the researcher. Last updated January 5, 2004.

Legislative Calendars

Argentina Both Houses assemble every year in ordinary legislative session from March 1 until November 30. The President of the Nation may call extraordinary legislative sessions or extend the ordinary one. (Source: GLIN station)
Brazil Congress meets each year in the Federal Capital, from February 15th to June 30th and from August 1st to December 15th. If a session scheduled for these dates fall on a Saturday, a Sunday or a holiday, the session starts on the next business day. A legislative term is not interrupted without approval of the bill for the budget directives law. In addition to other cases set forth herein, the House of Representatives and the Federal Senate meet in a joint session to a) inaugurate the legislative term; b) draw up the regulations and regulate the creation of services common to both Chambers of Congress; c. take the oath of the President and Vice President of the Republic; or d) acknowledge a veto and resolve thereon. The House of Representatives and the Federal Senate meet in preparatory sessions from February 1st, in the first legislative year, for the inauguration of its members and election of the respective Presiding Boards. (Source: Constitution)
China The National People's Congress meets once a year, usually in the spring. When it is not in session, the Standing Committee functions as a legislature. The Standing Committee generally meets every other month. (Source: Constitution and Organic Law of the National People's Congress)
Ecuador Congress works ordinarily in two sessions, with breaks in January and July. Morning and afternoon sessions are held, and they scheduled for Tuesday-Thursday. (Source: GLIN station)
Guatemala According to article 158 of the Political Constitution, sessions of Congress begin each year on January 14 without need of a notice. Congress meets in ordinary sessions from January 14 to May 15 and August 1 to November 30 annually. Extraordinary sessions meet when called by the Permanent Commission or the Executive Power to decide on the appropriateness of the business causing the notice of call. Other matters may be covered when an absolute majority of all Deputies vote in favor. Twenty-four percent or more of the Deputies have the right to ask the Permanent Commission to convoke Congress for sufficient reasons of need or public benefit. If asked by at least half plus one of all Deputies, the Permanent Commission must proceed immediately to a notice of call. (Source: GLIN station)
Korea, S. The regular session starts September 1 each year, and the term lasts 100 days. Extraordinary sessions may be held for 30 days, beginning on the first day of each even month, by resolution of the Congress. (Source: GLIN station)
Lithuania Sessions are scheduled from March 10-June 30 and September 10-December 23. Extraordinary sessions may be convened by the Chairman of the Seimas on written proposal of one-third of Members or in special cases by the President of the Republic for a set agenda. These extraordinary sessions may not exceed 15 days and must be followed by adjournment of at least 10 days, except for urgent cases. (Source: GLIN station)
Mexico There are two ordinary sessions per year, March 15-April 30 and September 1-December 15. Extraordinary sessions may be called by either chamber of the Congress to deal with a specific agenda. A permanent commission of 19 Representatives and 18 Senators meets from December to March. (Source: Constitution, provided by GLIN station, and information from the Mexican embassy in Washington DC)
Republic of China (Taiwan) In general, there are two sessions each year, February-May and September-December. These can be extended by resolution of the sitting legislature. (Source: GLIN station)
Romania There are two sessions each year, February-June and September-December. (Source: GLIN station)
United States The Congress must assemble at least once every year, at noon on the third day of January, unless by law they appoint a different day. The President is also authorized to convene either or both Houses on extraordinary occasions. A Congress lasts for two years, commencing in January of the year following the biennial election of Members. A Congress is divided into two sessions. The year 2002 is the 107th Congress, Second Session. (Source: Constitution)

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