The Minnesota Government Data Practices Act...presumes that everything is public. This is unique in the United States compared to other states in our country.
Technology and enforcement of Minnesota's version of the "freedom of information" act is vitally important.
It's very expensive to enforce these laws. Sadly, in many cases our government is establishing the upper hand in many disputes that are waged with citizens' demand for transparency in what our elected officials do with their power.
The legal process hasn't gotten cheaper. A private individual can rarely take a case to court, if they think their government is breaking the law.