Rep. Cole ranked among top conservative lawmakers in 2016

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State Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, was selected as one of the most conservative lawmakers in Michigan for the 2016 legislative cycle by Michigan Information and Research Service (MIRS).

Rep. Cole issued the following statement in response:

“It has been a true privilege serving in the Michigan House of Representatives. Since taking office two years ago, I am continuing to fulfill my commitment to vote with integrity and honesty while representing  the residents of the 105th House District.

“I have worked conscientiously for two years now having had completed my first full term in office and to have this ranking is such a great honor and much appreciated. Looking ahead, my legislative agenda remains in the hands and the hearts of the hard-working Northern Michigan residents I represent.”

Rep. Cole has two bills in the MIRS roll call vote selection, which serves as a tool to rank all legislators. Those pieces of legislation include House Bill 5215, now Public Act 353 of 2016, and House Bill 5275, now Public Act 288 of 2016.

HB 5215 will outlaw the removal of collars from hunting dogs and make it a civil infraction with a fine ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 for an individual other than the owner who removes the collar from the hunting dog.

HB 5275 will open forest roads for off-road vehicle (ORV) use. Therefore requiring the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to take inventory of all state forest roads to provide a comprehensive map that will be made available publically. This law also reinstitutes an individual’s right to use a pack or saddle animal for removal of large game.

The ‘Most Conservative’ designation is based on MIRS’ analysis of 54 roll call votes taken throughout the year with assistance from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s bill analysis tool at