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This month we wander the globe, tying together modernization and legislation-as-data discussions from the lovely Isle of Jersey to the congressional chambers of Brazil and the U.S.

Matthew Waddington of the Legislative Drafting Office in Jersey takes us down the “slippery slope of machine-executable legislation” and into the complexities of amending legislation. Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, I have a conversation about legislating during a pandemic with Luís Kimaid, who’s been driving extraordinary discussions about legislative technology and modernization efforts around the world from his Bússola Tech platform in Brazil.

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FEATURED STORIES

Machine-Readable and Machine-Executable Legislation: A View of the Future, from the Island of Jersey

HData CEO Hudson Hollister recently interviewed Matthew Waddington and Heather Mason, who manage legislative drafting for the government of Jersey. The Bailiwick of Jersey is a self-governing parliamentary democracy and British Crown Dependency. Jersey is one of the world’s largest offshore finance centers, with a per-capita gross product among the highest.

Our colleagues explained their vision for the future of machine-readable and machine-executable legislation to improve the work of Jersey’s legislators and better serve Jersey’s people.

Read the full interview

Digital Transformation in the Legislative Branch: Interview with Mark Stodder and Luís Kimaid

Xcential recently partnered with Bússola Tech to organize a discussion between U.S. Representative Jim McGovern and Brazilian Senator Antônio Anastasia. Both spoke on their country's needs, challenges faced during the pandemic, and how technology has enabled legislatures to continue to work properly during these challenging times.

“We need to find ways to keep the government running and responsive to constituents in good times and bad. Technology gave us the opportunity to continue to operate in the middle of this pandemic,” said Rep. McGovern. “It has also provided a way to ensure transparency and allow people to remain in touch with their elected officials.”

“With the use of technology, congress is much more open, much more democratic, much more participatory,” Senator Anastasia agreed, “Which is very good, so that we can get it right, clearly identify the various trends in society, and make decisions in the most just and convergent way possible.”

In the conversation linked below, Xcential President Mark Stodder and Bússola Tech CEO Luís Kimaid add further context to the discussion of digital transformation in legislative processes.

Read the full discussion

ICYMI: Comprehensive Data First Infographic

Transforming legislative and regulatory processes by adopting a Data First approach enables increased efficiency and accountability for governments and transparency for the public, but it can seem like a dizzyingly complex process. Learn about the basics in our new Data First infographic, featuring sections on: Data First 101, an introduction to LegisPro, a simplified pathway to successful implementation, and an outline of benefits that flow from creating and managing legislative and regulatory materials as Data First.

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EVENTS AND RESOURCES

The International Conference on Legislation and Law Reform
October 21-22, 2021 | Washington, D.C.

National Association of Legislative Technology Virtual Meetings Series
A continuing series of webinars from the National Association of Legislative Technology, replacing NALIT’s in-person gatherings. The sessions feature legislative technology experts from statehouses around the U.S., focusing on current issues from the latest in bill drafting technology to cybersecurity.

RELACS Virtual Meetings Series
RELACS professional association – a wing of the U.S. National Conference of State Legislatures – is presenting a multi-part series of interactive webinars and virtual meetings geared toward legislative staff who conduct research, draft and edit legislation, examine legal issues, and staff legislative committees. A big focus has been on the transition to remote working for legislative drafters, editors and support staff.

Making Laws in a Post-Modern World: Are You Ready?
The 20th Annual Legislative Drafting Conference of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice this fall focused on the changing technology of legislative drafting and its impact on lawmaking.

LegisTech for Democracy
Bússola Tech, the legislative technology incubator based in São Paulo, marked the International Day for Democracy by gathering presentations from more than 20 Parliament houses around the world, focusing on the rapid technology and legislative data transformations forced by the Covid pandemic.

The Data Coalition
A busy calendar ahead of webinars and online gatherings focused on government data policy, from regulatory and legislative data standard to best practices for government transparency and reporting.

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