Rep. Cole: Hillman biomass facility is crucial to region

Plant transforms wood debris, tires to power for 18,000 homes and businesses State Rep. Triston Cole this week toured the Hillman Power Company facility in Montmorency County, emphasizing its importance to northeast Michigan as both a job creator and biomass-based producer of energy.  “The benefits of Hillman Power can be felt across the state, transforming…

Rep. Cole’s plan to prioritize asset management for roads signed into law

Legislation introduced by state Rep. Triston Cole to help determine how to best spend available money on roads, bridges and other parts of the transportation system has been signed into law. Cole’s plan calls for the Transportation Asset Management Council (TAMC) to be moved to the Michigan Infrastructure Council. The goal is to revitalize the…

Northern Michigan representatives unveil additional protections for Great Lakes

Plan improves pipeline safety, increases accountability Three northern Michigan representatives have introduced a plan to better protect the Great Lakes by strengthening pipeline safety standards in the Straits of Mackinac. State Reps. Lee Chatfield, Sue Allor and Triston Cole said the comprehensive plan ensures vessels and utility companies operating in the Straits are accountable to…

Cole votes for budget that pays down debt, controls spending

Fiscally conservative plan has record K-12 school funding State Rep. Triston Cole today joined a majority of his legislative colleagues to approve a state budget that keeps government spending in check while reducing the state’s debt. Cole, of Mancelona, said fewer state tax dollars are in this budget than in the previous budget cycle. The…

Impactful occupational licensing plan from Rep. Cole passes House vote

The Michigan House today advanced a package of proposals, including one sponsored by state Rep. Triston Cole, diminishing the burden on businesses, their employees and consumers. Within the multi-bill plan Cole has sponsored, local governments in Michigan will not be allowed to impose licenses on occupations that already are regulated at the state level. If…

Rep. Cole supports plan honoring former state Rep. Peter A. Pettalia

Legislation renames portion of U.S.23 in Presque Isle County State Rep. Triston Cole today voted with the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to rename a portion of highway in Presque Isle County to honor former state Rep. Peter A. Pettalia. Highway U.S. 23 in Presque Isle County between Maple Drive and Misiak Highway will be…

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,…