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Texas’ open records law is 50 years old — and routinely flouted

At the annual conference of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas, two Republican lawmakers described how government officials fail to meet transparency requirements.

Kathy and Robert Dyer, of Paris, Texas, at the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas conference on Sept. 28. 2023. After their teenage son Graham died following an arrest, they fought for years to repeal the so-called dead-suspect loophole that had allowed state and local officials to withhold records of their son's death.

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