Rep. Cole: Gaylord project shows commitment to transportation system

Roads, bridges, underground water pipes are a priority   State Rep. Triston Cole today said a Michigan Department of Transportation project to resurface parts of M-32 and I-75 business loop in Gaylord began this week. Cole, of Mancelona, who serves as chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said the $826,000 project will resurface…

House approves Rep. Cole bill for overweight vehicle transport permits

The Michigan House of Representatives passed legislation today authored by state Rep. Triston Cole to allow applicants to obtain an annual oversized vehicle transport permit. “Traditionally the driver would have to permit the trailer and every piece of equipment individually that it hauls each time it travels,” said Rep. Cole, of Mancelona.  “This bill simplifies…

Rep. Cole recognizes Mio Dam for Hall of Fame induction

State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona today recognized the Mio Dam for its induction into the Hydro Hall of Fame. The Consumers Energy facility on the Au Sable River received the honor last week during a ceremony in Denver, Colorado. The Hydro Hall of Fame recognizes extraordinary achievements with an emphasis on long-lasting facilities. The…

Rep. Cole reacts to pipeline options study

State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona today reacted to a state-commissioned report regarding possible options for Enbridge’s Line 5 oil pipelines beneath the Straits of Mackinac. “As a conservationist and an advocate for a strong economy, my top priorities are keeping oil transport safe and keeping energy affordable for Michigan residents and businesses,” Cole said….

Rep. Cole: 7 projects set for N. Mich. will enhance recreation

More than $9 million in development, land acquisitions   State Rep. Triston Cole recently joined his House colleagues in voting for legislation to develop access to natural resources and purchase land. Natural Resources Trust Fund projects and purchases in Otsego. Charlevoix, Antrim, Montmorency and Oscoda counties total more than $9.9 million. Cole of Mancelona, said…

House committee approves Rep. Cole’s electric transmission bill

State Rep. Triston Cole’s legislation allowing more competition for electricity transmission line projects was approved this week by a Michigan House committee. Cole’s bills would expand the number of companies that could be granted authority to build new, large transmission line projects in Michigan. Authority to build the major projects could be expanded to companies…

Rep. Cole lauds budget focus on fixing roads and bridges

State Rep. Triston Cole today applauded his House colleagues in joining him to vote for a balanced budget that allocates a record amount for fixing and maintaining roads and bridges throughout the state. Cole, of Mancelona, said the fiscal year 2017-18 budget approved by the House includes strategic state government downsizing to put more funds…

Northern caucus successful in closing school funding gap

The Michigan House’s Northern Michigan Caucus today declared victory in its efforts to close the school funding gap that has left rural schools at a disadvantage compared to the richer school districts in more populated areas. State Rep. Triston Cole, chair of the caucus, said legislators from Northern Michigan continually pressured school budget negotiators to…

Michigan House approves Rep. Cole’s ‘right to carry’ legislation

The Michigan House of Representatives today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Triston Cole to give legal gun-owning citizens back their fundamental right to bear arms without a government-issued permit. Cole’s legislation, House Bill 4419, is part of a four-bill package that removes the penalties for carrying a concealed handgun without first obtaining a concealed…

Rep. Cole bill simplifies process for overweight vehicle transport permits

State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona testified Tuesday in the Michigan House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of his bill to allow applicants to obtain an annual oversized vehicle transport permit.  “Traditionally the driver would have to permit the trailer and every piece of equipment individually that it hauls each time it travels,” said…

Rep. Triston Cole holds local office hours

State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona will host local office hours for the month of June. Office hours give residents the opportunity to meet face-to-face with the representative and discuss any questions, concerns, or input regarding state government. The representative will be available at the following times and locations: Monday, June 26 Elk Rapids: 10:30…

House panel advances Rep. Cole’s ‘right to carry’ legislation

State Rep. Triston Cole’s legislation enabling law-abiding citizens to carry concealed pistols without obtaining a government-issued permit was approved today by the House Judiciary Committee. Cole’s legislation, House Bill 4419, is part of a four-bill package that gives people back their fundamental right to bear arms and ensures that law-abiding citizens do not have additional…