New legislation introduced by state Rep. John Bizon would hold an individual who is responsible for the care of a minor child accountable if they fail to report that child as missing or dead within 48 hours.“Protecting our most vulnerable residents is of utmost importance,” said Rep. Bizon, R-Battle Creek. “If you’re responsible for the care and well-being of a child, you must be held accountable to ensure that child isn’t endangered. These bills ensure that happens.”Under the legislation, the penalty for not reporting a child who has gone missing or died is up to four years in prison, a $5,000 fine or both. Rep. Bizon said the bills will provide a greater incentive for someone who is trusted with the care of a minor child to do the right thing or face a stiff penalty for failing to act.“These bills are about ensuring those who are trusted to care for Michigan’s children do so,” Rep. Bizon said. “Protecting our children will help our state have a brighter future for everyone.”House Bills 4688 and 4689 have been referred to the House Committee on Criminal Justice.### 09Jun Rep. Bizon introduces bill holding adults accountable for not reporting missing children Categories: Bizon News
Tags: Rep for a Day, student, Victory 29Sep Rep. Victory welcomes local student as ‘Rep. for a Day’ Categories: Featured news,News,Photos,Victory News,Victory Photos ##### Rep. Roger Victory, R-Hudsonville, welcomed Bauer Elementary student Nicholas Gunnik to the state capital to take part in the “Rep. for a Day” event on Sept. 29.Bauer Elementary student Nicholas Gunnik, left, spent the day in the state capitol building with Rep. Roger Victory during the ‘Rep. for a Day’ event.Among the highlights for the students was a swearing-in ceremony on the House floor, a tour of the Capitol building and participation in a mock committee hearing.“We presented an (mock) amendment to declare the favorite state dessert to be pie with ice cream,” Nicholas said. “It was a good committee. There have been a lot of new things to learn.”Students and parents from across the state came to learn about the legislative process and take part in the daily activities of a state representative. Selection was based on a summer reading contest, where students submitted special bookmarks to lawmaker offices and local libraries.“This has been a great event and privilege,” Rep. Victory said. “Reading is so important, and it is vital for students to continue to develop their reading and educational skills year around.”During the summer program, Nicholas read 10 different books. Visiting the Capitol was a great way to end the program, he said.“It was really cool,” Nicholas said. “I got to see how everything works. It’s a different type of thing to learn.”
Satellite transmission technology specialist NovelSat has launched NovelSat FreeBand, a new solution that it says gives broadcasters free satellite bandwidth for occasional video contribution.According to NovelSat, FreeBand allows them to use the same bandwidth, at the same frequency, both to send video to the point-to-multipoint distribution network and to receive video from digital satellite newsgathering and the like.The company said that this will allow broadcasters to avoid paying for satellite bandwidth every time the deploy a remote contribution unit within the footprint of their satellite distribution network.The solution is delivered via NovelSat Duet, a band re-use technology, in conjunction with either DVB-S2 modulation or NovelSat’s proprietary NS3 satellite transmission technology at the remote site.By transmitting well below the noise floor of the remote terminals, remote transmissions can be received by the NovelSat FreeBand modem at the distribution hub without interfering with outbound video transmission to the distribution network, according to NovelSat. The antenna at the distribution hub must be larger than the remote antenna for the system to work, according to the company.