MPSC seeks potential nominees to state Unmanned Aircraft Systems Task Force

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   October 7, 2019

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LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Public Service Commission announced today it is accepting recommendations for nominees for two seats on a state task force that develops statewide recommendations for the operation, use and regulation of unmanned aircraft systems.

Under Act 436 of 2016, known as the “Unmanned Aircraft Systems Act,” the Chairman of the Michigan Public Service Commission nominates two members to the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Task Force. The nominated individuals must be knowledgeable about the operation of public utilities.

Of the two task force members, one represents public utilities in the Lower Peninsula, and one represents utilities in the Upper Peninsula. Nominees for both seats, now vacant after members representing utilities resigned, would fill out the remainder of four-year terms that expire July 31, 2021. Members receive no compensation for serving on the task force.

Recommendations for potential nominees must be submitted to the MPSC no later than 5 p.m. Oct. 25, 2019.

Written recommendations may be mailed to Executive Secretary, Michigan Public Service Commission, P.O. Box 30221, Lansing, MI 48909. Electronic submissions may be emailed to mpscedockets@michigan.gov.

Recommendations must include the name, address, contact information and qualifications of the potential nominee. Qualifications may be provided in a resume or other format but should address how the nominee meets the statutory requirements for the position. MCL 259.331(2)(x) and (y). A cover letter is optional. Self-nominations are permitted. All information submitted will become public information.

After review, MPSC Chairman Sally Talberg expects to nominate two members to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who officially appoints members to the task force.

Read the formal notice seeking recommendations here.

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