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.
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.
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.
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.
President Raimonds Vējonis on July 28 asked Latvia's parliament, the Saeima, to reconsider the composition of a parliamentary commission tasked with investigating the so-called 'oligarch conversations' scandal.
On July 27 Latvia's parliament supported setting up a parliamentary committee to investigate the 'oligarch transcripts'.