Rep. Cole to serve on two key House committees

State Rep. Triston Cole has been appointed by Speaker Lee Chatfield to serve as vice chair of the House Government Operations Committee and as a member of the House Transportation Committee. The Government Operations Committee will be one of just four main committees with the authority to advance legislation to the House floor during the…

Rep. Cole’s conservation efforts signed into law

Two proposals led by state Rep. Triston Cole to increase conservation efforts in Michigan were signed into law by the governor. Cole said he hopes the new laws will allow more Michigan families to appreciate the state’s natural resources and learn good environmental stewardship skills. One of the two proposals signed into law is expansion…

Rep. Cole’s plan expanding youth access to hunting heads to the governor’s desk

A proposal led by state Rep. Triston Cole to expand hunting opportunities for Michigan’s youth was sent to the governor’s desk today for his signature. “This plan enhances the Mentored Youth Hunt program’s effort to give more Michigan kids the opportunity to learn a rewarding skill by allowing them to hunt on public land,” Cole,…

Rep. Cole: Bureaucracy must get out of the way of job creation

Michigan House approves lawmaker’s plan improving state’s competitiveness The Michigan House of Representatives today gave final legislative approval to a plan authored by state Rep. Triston Cole, of Mancelona, limiting the ability of state departments from adopting rules that are more stringent than federal government regulations without showing a clear and convincing need. Cole’s measure…

Rep. Cole: Liable commercial carriers, not taxpayers, should pay for bridge repairs

Committee unanimously approves measure to help repair infrastructure The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today approved a plan introduced by state Rep. Triston Cole to allow the state to recover up to $5 million if a commercial carrier strikes and damages a road or bridge. Under current law the state can only recover up to…

Rep. Cole elected to serve as majority floor leader

State Rep. Triston Cole today was selected to serve the Michigan House of Representatives as majority floor leader for the 2019-20 legislative term. Rep. Cole, of Mancelona, said he is honored to serve as the majority floor leader and looks forward to working with all members of the Michigan House for the 100th Legislature. “With…

Rep. Cole’s bill to allow snow plow drivers to use amber lights signed into law

Measure increases roadway safety for Michigan drivers Legislation introduced by state Rep. Triston Cole to give snow plow drivers the flexibility to display flashing amber lights while actively plowing has been signed into law. Cole said private plow trucks will have the ability to use their flashing amber lights to safely alert motorists when they…

Rep. Cole attends bill signing for legislation consolidating several permits into one

Measure simplifies the permitting process for transporting equipment State Rep. Triston Cole, of Mancelona, recently joined Gov. Rick Snyder for the ceremonial signing of his bill to simplify the permitting process for vehicles that routinely transport equipment, consolidating several permits into one. House Bill 4644 is Public Act 17 of 2018. Pictured from left to…

Rep. Cole welcomes local student to the Capitol

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Triston Cole, of Mancelona, this week welcomed Josh Price, winner of the Gaylord teen oratory contest and a student in the Ambassador League from the Student Statesmanship Institute, to the Capitol. Josh attended the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Judiciary Committee and House session with Rep. Cole. #####

Rep. Cole calls for stronger pipeline safety standards in Straits

State Rep. Triston Cole’s plan to better protect the Great Lakes by strengthening pipeline safety standards in the Straits of Mackinac was approved today by the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee. Cole, of Mancelona, said the comprehensive plan ensures vessels and utility companies operating in the Straits are accountable to the people of Michigan. “I’m tired…