Media outlets are seeing foot-dragging, destroyed records, and demands for big money for compliance.
Administrator at California's Southwestern College tried to use government transparency law on journalists.
Texas law lets police hide records of suspects who die in custody from grieving families. It could have been fixed, but a police union torpedoed the reform bill.
A Reason investigation of a notorious Texas public records loophole found 81 cases where police hid records of shootings and deaths in custody.
State law keeps misconduct secret from the public. That may be about to change.