Rep. Cole discusses changes announced for 2017 Mackinac Bridge Walk

State Rep. Triston Cole today applauded the decision to close the Mackinac Bridge to most vehicle traffic during the 2017 Annual Bridge Walk on Labor Day. The Michigan State Police, U.S Department of Homeland Security and Mackinac Bridge Authority recommended the decision. “The Mackinac Bridge Authority Board members considered a very tough decision when they…

Rep. Cole discusses the importance of Michigan airports

State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona today welcomed representatives from the Michigan Association of Airport Executives to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to discuss the importance of Michigan airports and improving facilities. Matt Barresi, president of MAAE, who lives in the 105th District and Wayne Seiloff, vice president explained the importance of better relations…

Fiscally responsible budget approved by full House

State Rep. Triston Cole on Tuesday joined his colleagues in passage of the state budget, which includes record level funding for K-12 education and proposes a 2.2 percent reduction for the general state budget. Cole, of Mancelona, voted to approve the budget for the new fiscal year, a conservative blueprint that invests in the state’s…

Rep. Triston Cole holds local office hours

State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona plans to hold local office hours for the month of April. Office hours give residents the opportunity to meet face-to-face with the representative and discuss any questions or concerns regarding state government. Rep. Cole will be available at the following times and locations: Friday, April 21 Mancelona: 11 a.m….

Right to carry legislation introduced in Michigan House of Representatives

Four-bill package removes penalties for carrying concealed pistols without government permit Legislation introduced today in the Michigan House of Representatives enables law-abiding citizens to carry concealed pistols without obtaining a government-issued permit. The four-bill package is sponsored by Reps. Michele Hoitenga of Manton, Triston Cole of Mancelona, Sue Allor of Wolverine and Pamela Hornberger of…

Rep. Cole’s CPL photo legislation approved by House

Bill allows Secretary of State to share photographs with Michigan State Police State Rep. Triston Cole’s bill to clarify that the Secretary of State can share driver’s license photos with the Michigan State Police for concealed weapons permits received bipartisan support when the House approved it this week. “This is just common sense. People applying…

Rep. Cole joins colleagues in voting for more transparency

State Rep. Triston Cole voted today on bipartisan legislation to make state government more accountable and accessible to the people of Michigan. Cole, of Mancelona, said the legislation makes the governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act and creates a similar disclosure requirement for state representatives and senators called the Legislative…

Rep. Cole reintroduces bill to hold state departments accountable

State Rep. Triston Cole delivered testimony today before the House Committee on Oversight on a bill he sponsored to limit the ability of Michigan state departments to adopt rules that are more stringent than the federal government’s regulations. House Bill 4205, nicknamed “no greater than the feds” legislation, does not prohibit departments from implementing stricter…

Rep. Cole hears testimony on bill to honor fallen soldier

House committee unanimously passes bill to name a section of U.S. 23‘Sergeant Joe Johnson Memorial Highway’  Testimony honoring fallen soldier U.S. Army Sergeant Joe Johnson was heard today in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The bill would designate a stretch of U.S. 23 in Genesee County as “Sergeant Joe Johnson Memorial Highway.” State Rep….

Rep. Cole supports bills that give students more educational choice

State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona is co-sponsoring a merit curriculum legislative package that will give students and parents an increased voice about their educational choices to prepare for life after high school. “Students need to be allowed to learn without putting them all in the same learning box,” Cole said. “As a home-schooled graduate…

Rep. Cole sponsors legislation to simplify processing of CPL photos

Bill allows Secretary of State to share driver’s license photos with Michigan State Police Legislation introduced by state Rep. Triston Cole to streamline the process of obtaining a concealed weapons permit was approved today by the House Judiciary Committee. Under current law, applicants for concealed weapons permits must supply a passport-quality photo along with their…

Rep. Cole joins lawmakers in unveiling plan to move Michigan forward

State Rep. Triston Cole, of Mancelona, joined fellow lawmakers today at the Capitol to unveil the 2017-2018 House Republican Action Plan, which is the guiding document for the upcoming legislative session. “There are many things to consider as we continue to make Michigan great again and this Action Plan serves not as checklist, but rather…