Rep. Cole supports plan to end governor’s dangerous COVID-19 nursing home policy

State Rep. Triston Cole today supported a plan to rectify the governor’s fatal error that undoubtably contributed to the COVID-related deaths of at least some of the nearly 2,000 nursing home residents who have died in Michigan. Cole, of Mancelona, said the mandate to put COVID-19 patients into long-term care facilities alongside uninfected residents was…

Rep. Cole helps advance plan to reduce penalties for low-level offenses

Bipartisan plan would reclassify several minor offenses as civil infractions State Rep. Triston Cole today helped the Michigan House approve a bipartisan package of bills to re-examine the penalties for low-level crimes in Michigan. Cole, of Mancelona, said reclassifying certain misdemeanors as civil infractions would establish more proportional penalties that better fit the crimes in…

Rep. Cole warns of scammers posing as state unemployment officials

State Rep. Triston Cole today warned of scammers who may try to pose as officials with the state Unemployment Insurance Agency to gain financial information from residents. Cole, of Mancelona, said he was disappointed to learn a local resident had been scammed by a group out of the Philippines. “In many cases, folks who submitted…

Rep. Cole issues statement after judge orders Line 5 to shut down

State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona today issued the following statement after an Ingham County judge ruled Enbridge must completely shut down both pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac, even though only one has been damaged: “Shutting down both pipelines that carry natural gas liquids through national and international grounds is an enormous disruption to…

Rep. Cole announces plan to give local schools more flexibility when learning resumes this fall

‘Return to Learn’ plan includes distance learning options, safety measures State Rep. Triston Cole today announced details of the Michigan Legislature’s plan to ensure the safety of Michigan students as learning resumes in the fall. The plan, announced this morning during a Capitol press conference, requires local school districts and health departments to work together…

Rep. Cole: Michigan House maintains commitment to strong COVID-19 safety protocols

Reps can now vote through online app while distancing in House chamber House Majority Floor Leader Triston Cole today said the Michigan House has taken strong actions to keep representatives and staff healthy and allow the people’s house to safely conduct business during COVID-19. This week, a new system has been implemented to allow legislators…

Rep. Cole urges residents to share their experiences with COVID-19 pandemic

State Rep. Triston Cole today announced a new website to allow the people of Michigan to share their experiences and struggles during the COVID-19 pandemic. MICovidStory.com is an accessible resource for concerned residents across the state. Michigan has now lost over 5,000 people to COVID-19, and executive orders and directives from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in…

MDARD offers guidance to U-Pick operations in advance of opening for the season

Social distancing, wearing masks, enhanced cleaning among protocols As warmer weather approaches, so does Michigan’s U-pick season. State Rep. Triston Cole said farm operations across the state are working so they can safely open and operate in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) outlined key…

Rep. Cole: Northern Michigan retail shops, bars, restaurants allowed to reopen Friday

State Rep. Triston Cole today said retail shops, restaurants and bars in Northern Michigan are ready to begin reopening to customers this week. Cole, of Mancelona, said many small bars and restaurants are struggling to remain open after being restricted to take-out only service by the governor’s executive orders since March 16. Retail shops are…