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…

Rep. Cole chairs first Transportation and Infrastructure committee meeting

State Rep. Triston Cole, of Mancelona, chaired his first House committee meeting on Transportation and Infrastructure at the state Capitol. Rep. Cole began the meeting with introductions from committee members. “I am honored to have the opportunity to preside over this committee as it is one of the core functions of the legislature and essential…

Rep. Cole invites Gaylord Evangelical Church pastor for invocation

State Rep. Triston Cole, of Mancelona, invited Pastor Scott Distler of Gaylord Evangelical Church (center) to give the invocation today and begin a session at the Michigan House of Representatives in Lansing.  House lawmakers start each session with a prayer, and lawmakers take turns inviting local clergy to give the invocation.  At left is House…

Boyne City native joins Rep. Cole’s staff

State Representative Triston Cole is pleased to announce Boyne City native Henry Wolf has joined his staff as director of constituent relations. Wolf attended Boyne City Public Schools until moving to Saginaw where he graduated from Nouvel Catholic Central High School. Wolf earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Central Michigan University and enjoys…

Cole named chair of House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

House Speaker Tom Leonard announced today that State Rep. Triston Cole, of Mancelona, will lead the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and serve on other key committees including Energy Policy, Judiciary and Michigan Competitiveness. “I’m thankful for the confidence that Speaker Tom Leonard has in my ability to chair the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee,”…