Saeima moves on protection of national anthem

The Latvian parliament, the Saeima, on October 5 gave preliminary approval to a law that would outlaw sarcastic, satirical or potentially even criminally tuneless renditions of the Latvian national anthem, Dievs, svētī Latviju.

Initiative aims to remove parliamentary 'abstention' votes

On September 18 a public initiative signed by 11,200 Latvian residents will be submitted to the parliament, said public initiative site Manabalss.lv representative Annija Emersone. It aims to eliminate the unusual practice of allowing Saeima lawmakers to abstain from voting, in addition to the option of simply not participating in a given vote.

President and government on collision course over citizenship

Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis and the current government were put on a collision course September 12 with the president submitting proposals to parliament even though a member of the three-party ruling coalition said they would veto the proposals. 

Vējonis sends lawmaking wish-list to Saeima

Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis has sent a letter to parliament, the Saeima, listing various changes that he thinks should be made to the legislative process in order to improve its efficiency and quality.

Saeima refines «large bottle» law

The Latvian parliament on Thursday upheld a legislative proposal essentially banning retail sale of any alcoholic drinks in containers larger than one liter, reported LETA.