House approves Rep. Cole bill to allow snow plow drivers to continue using amber lights

The Michigan House today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Triston Cole to give snow plow drivers the flexibility to continue using flashing amber lights while actively plowing. Currently, the law requires private snow removal companies to install a flashing amber light for use during snow removal operations. The light must be turned off while…

Rep. Cole’s committee hears about underground corridor proposal connecting the Lower Peninsula to the U.P.

Michigan Technological University students explain senior design project State Rep. Triston Cole this week welcomed students from Michigan Technological University to discuss their senior project to design an underground utility corridor crossing the Straits of Mackinac. Students Michael Prast, Jeremy Dziewit, Gavin Bodnar, Aaron Crapsey and industry advisor James A. Morrison attended a joint House-Senate…

Rep. Cole testifies on bill to allow snow plow drivers to continue using amber lights

State Rep. Triston Cole today testified before the Michigan House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of his legislation to give snow plow drivers the flexibility to continue using flashing amber lights between jobs. Currently, the law requires private snow removal companies to install a flashing amber light for use during snow removal operations but…

Rep. Cole with the Michigan House approves plan updating driver’s license or state ID

State Rep. Triston Cole and the Michigan House today approved a plan to align state identification cards with federal guidelines, bringing the state into compliance with federal requirements. “Michigan law currently does not allow for a license expiration date to align with the expiration date of an individual’s visa,” said Cole, of Mancelona.  “Legal part-time…

Rep. Cole plan offers Michigan children more opportunities to hunt

State Rep. Triston Cole’s plan to offer additional hunting opportunities for children in Michigan received unanimous support today from the House Natural Resources Committee. Michigan’s mentored youth hunting program, established in 2011, allows children younger than 10 to hunt alongside experienced parents and guardians on private land. Cole’s plan, laid out in House Bill 5711,…

Rep. Cole’s bill allows drivers to choose axle placement

Legislation introduced by state Rep. Triston Cole to save truck drivers time when redistributing weight loads was signed into law last week by Gov. Rick Snyder. The new law eliminates the limited maximum length of 41 feet between the sliding tandem rear axles and the connection point on a semi-tractor. Requirements for the overall length,…

Rep. Cole: English as the official language will save taxpayer money

State Rep. Triston Cole today voted on legislation to designate English as Michigan’s official language, a move he said will save taxpayer money and help non-English speakers learn the language. Cole, of Mancelona, who cosponsored the bill, said the measure does not prohibit people from using their own languages. This bill restricts state and local…

Rep. Cole votes in support of bill for additional funding to repair Michigan roads

Legislation helps northern Michigan and entire state State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona today voted in favor of a plan to invest an additional $175 million into road repairs across Michigan as soon as possible. “Fixing our Michigan roads is a top priority,” Rep. Cole said.  “We have additional funding to repair Michigan roads this…

Rep. Cole encourages residents to participate in Free Fishing Weekend

State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona is encouraging everyone to take advantage of the state’s winter Free Fishing Weekend on Feb. 17 and 18. This weekend, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will waive the regular recreation passport fees and allow Michigan residents and out-of-state visitors access to fishing without a license. “Michigan has some…

Rep. Cole votes to end driver responsibility fees on Oct. 1

All outstanding debt forgiven under plan   State Rep. Triston Cole today voted for bills that are part of a legislative package to eliminate driver responsibility fees and forgive outstanding debt by Oct. 1. Cole, of Mancelona, said the senseless fees were contrived by a previous administration that was desperate for money after irresponsible spending…

Rep. Cole, East Jordan man testify before House Judiciary Committee

Bill allows motor carrier officers to continue carrying concealed pistols in retirement State Rep. Triston Cole and East Jordan resident Steve Kost testified this week before the House Judiciary Committee in support of legislation allowing retired motor carrier officers to carry concealed pistols into areas where firearms are restricted. Most retired law enforcement and corrections…