15Mar Rep. Hauck bill addressing drone use passes House committee vote The House Committee on Communications and Technology this week advanced a bill proposed by state Rep. Roger Hauck of Union Township as part of a larger legislative package establishing needed state guidelines for drones.Hauck’s bill, House Bill 5495, highlights facilities where use of unmanned aircraft systems will be prohibited under state law. The language refers to knowingly and intentionally interfering with “key facilities” as defined in the Michigan Penal Code, including manufacturing plants, electric or natural gas utilities, correctional sites and telecommunication facilities. Companion legislation sponsored by state Rep. Jim Lower of Cedar Lake offers a sentencing guideline making intentional drone interference with a key facility up to a four-year felony.“Over time, improved education will lead to more educated use,” Hauck said. “My bill allows for a lot of prosecutor discretion because of how new this technology is. Knowledge and intent will be two big things within that discretion. A surveyor who flies a drone over a highway or high voltage power line may not know that he is breaking a law. This proposal improves safety, offers clear deterrents for bad actors, grants leeway for hobbyists and puts rules on the books that can be better recognized and accepted the longer we have this technology.”A 2016 Federal Aviation Administration report estimated 2.5 million drones were being operated nationwide for a variety of purposes, including hobbyist and commercial. That number could grow to a projected 7 million by 2020.A 27-member Unmanned Aircraft Systems Task Force, appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder, began work in April 2017 to develop statewide recommendations on the operation, use and regulation of unmanned aircraft in Michigan. The bills offered largely reflect the task force’s policy recommendations.“There needs to be some definition here where the letter of the law could be clearly identified regarding drone usage,” Hauck said. “There are a lot of hobbyists and recreational drone users and not a lot of education or information on where you can and can’t use them.”The bills within the package, HBs 5494-98, advance to the House floor for further consideration.PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Roger Hauck, of Union Township, provides testimony in support of House Bill 5495 before the House Committee on Communications and Technology on Feb. 13. Hauck’s legislation is part of a bill package aiming to regulate unmanned aircraft at the state level. Categories: Hauck News,News
It states that police have submitted a file on an additional suspect who has been reported to the PPS by the PSNI.The letter says: “The suspect is not a soldier and is not alleged to have shot any civilian. The file relates to alleged Official IRA activity on Bloody Sunday.”In 1969, the IRA split into the Official IRA and the Provisional IRA.The Bloody Sunday Inquiry, led by English judge Lord Saville, was the longest and most expensive in UK history.During the inquiry, former members of the Official IRA – giving evidence anonymously – said the organisation had shot at soldiers very early on in retaliation for the shooting of two of the protesters.They denied that the organisation had fired first on Bloody Sunday.The letter from the PPS reveals that the republican suspect under consideration, will be subject to the same test for prosecution as the soldiers.It also states that they understand that the police are preparing another file on a second person over the activities of the Official IRA, and that file will be based on statements due to be made by some people who have previously not given statements to the PSNI.The PPS is also examining eight further files on Bloody Sunday but adds that the file on the Official IRA suspect is brief and should not take a great deal of time to consider.But, overall, the introduction of the new material will mean that they will not be able to move towards a decision for another six months.A spokesperson for the PPS told BBC Radio Foyle that they have provided regular updates to all the families over the Bloody Sunday case and the PSNI, in the last year, provided about 35 files of material.The PPS added that its focus is on completing examination of those files and all relevant legal issues.It confirmed that one further suspect has been added and another report is expected. But, they don’t believe this will add significantly to the timescale for their decision.The Ministry of Defence said that due to ongoing legal proceedings it was inappropriate to comment.The PSNI confirmed it had sent a number of files to the PPS.OFFICIAL IRA MEN MAY FACE PROSECUTION OVER BLOODY SUNDAY was last modified: September 29th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: THE Public Prosecution Service is considering bringing charges against former members of the Official IRA for their role in the events of Bloody Sunday.The PSNI has forwarded a file to the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) on one former IRA member and is understood to be preparing a file on a second.Thirteen people were shot dead when the Army’s Parachute Regiment opened fire on civil rights demonstrators in 1972. ShareTweet LORD SAVILLEOFFICIAL IRA MEN MAY FACE PROSECUTION OVER BLOODY SUNDAYPPSPSNI Another died of his injuries some months later.The details have emerged in a letter sent by the PPS to relatives of Bloody Sunday victims on 19 September.It outlines why it will take at least another six months to come to a decision on whether or not to bring possible charges, including murder against former members of the British Parachute Regiment.But the possibility of prosecutions against republicans for their activity on the day has also been raised.