Rod Bray

Rod Bray Chosen To Become New Senate GOP Leader

May 15, 2018
The Senate GOP caucus elected Sen. Rod Bray (R-Martinsville), right, to become the new Senate President Pro Tem. Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper), left, will become the new Majority Floor Leader, replacing Bray. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Indiana Senate GOP caucus voted Monday to make Sen. Rod Bray (R-Martinsville) the new Senate President Pro Tem.

Bray will replace current leader Sen. David Long (R-Fort Wayne), who will retire this fall.

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Changes could be coming to Indiana’s new police body camera footage law – even though it just took effect Friday.

Lawmakers spent months over the last year negotiating the fine details of a law governing how and when police body camera footage should be released.

The final product requires police to prove why video should not be released, rather than put the burden of proof on the public.

It was a compromise supported by both the Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police and the Hoosier Press Association.

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A bill regulating when police body camera videos are released to the public cleared one of its last major legislative hurdles Tuesday – the Senate passed the bill in a near-unanimous vote.

Sen. Rod Bray (R-Martinsville) says one of the biggest issues in the House version of the bill was the burden it placed on the public and the press to prove a police body cam video should be released to the public. 

The Senate switched that burden – now law enforcement would have to prove in a court that it shouldn’t.  Bray also notes the importance of what’s not in the bill.