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Costa Rica

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Legislative Assembly

Openness and transparency

Information about access to parliamentary documents, parliament’s reporting to the public, parliament’s relation to Freedom of Information laws, and lobbying.

Parliamentary documents

The agendas of plenary meetings are published online in advance The agendas of plenary meetings are published online in advance.
The agendas of committee meetings are published online in advance The agendas of committee meetings are published online in advance.
Results of votes on draft legislation are published on the parliamentary web site Results of votes on draft legislation are published on the parliamentary web site.
Draft legislation is published on the parliamentary website Draft legislation is published on the parliamentary website.
Citizens can submit comments on draft legislation on the parliamentary web site

Annual reporting by parliament

Parliament publishes an annual report on its activities
The annual report is available on the parliamentary web site
Yes
Parliament publishes the parliamentary budget
Level of detail of the parliamentary budget made available to the public Level of detail of the parliamentary budget made available to the public: Only the total amount; A summary of the main elements; The complete budget
The complete budget
The parliamentary budget is available on the parliamentary web site
Yes

Access to parliament

Plenary meetings are open to the public
Notes
Confidential voting sessions can be held when no less than two-thirds of the representatives are present. To gain access visitors must provide appropriate identity documents, observe visiting hours, be unarmed, behave appropriately, be at least 12 years of age, and, if under 18, be accompanied by an adult. The President of the Assembly can adopt provisions to ensure security and order in the parliament. (Constitution, art. 117; Rules of the Legislative Assembly, art. 103, 104, 191).
Committee meetings are open to the public
Notes
The same as for access to plenary sessions, subject to a maximum of 15 visitors in the case of committee meetings. A committee chair can declare sessions closed if deemed necessary. In addition, the Commission of Honours deliberates in confidential sessions, and voting for the granting of honorific titles is closed. (Rules of the Legislative Assembly, art. 75, 198, 200).
There is a dedicated channel for broadcasting parliamentary meetings A dedicated channel is one that is mainly about parliament, and is accessible free of charge to the general public. The channel might be owned by Parliament or a public or private company. Dedicated channels may be broadcast by parliament, government, or another broadcaster. They may be carried on television, radio or the Internet (webcasting).
Media used for the dedicated channel
TV
Radio
Webcast
Meetings broadcast on the dedicated channel
Plenary sittings

Freedom of information

There is a freedom of information law in the country
Yes
Parliament is subject to the freedom of information law
Parliament has an office/division dedicated to FOI requests
Yes
Categories of Information that are exempt from disclosure Certain categories of information may be exempt from disclosure
Confidential votes to bestow honorary titles. See also Rules of the Legislative Assembly, Special Procedures, art. 200 and 201; Rules of the Legislative Assembly, art. 191.

Lobbying

There are rules about the activities of lobbyists in parliament
Source
Legislative Assembly Rules and Rules of Access, Entry and Visit for visitors to the Assembly.
There is a register of accredited lobbyists