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…

Rep. Cole encourages Rail Safety Week in Michigan

State Rep. Triston Cole, of Mancelona, today encourages the promotion of September 24-29, 2018 as Rail Safety Week in Michigan. Cole said the goal is to educate pedestrians and drivers about railway safety and raise awareness about train crossings and tracks. “Continuing to educate residents about the dangers of railway crossings and trespassing on railroad…

Rep. Cole congratulates Boyne City, selected as Great American Main Street semifinalist

State Rep. Triston Cole today congratulated Boyne City, which was named a semifinalist in the National Main Street Center’s Great American Main Street competition. The award recognizes exceptional Main Street communities. “This is an outstanding accomplishment for Boyne City,” said Cole, of Mancelona. “Boyne City is an excellent community where shops, restaurants and businesses are…

Rep. Cole welcomes local hero to the Capitol for 9/11 Memorial

  PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Triston Cole, of Mancelona, welcomed Star Township Fire Chief Pete Hoogerhyde as his special guest on Thursday for the Michigan House’s annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol.  The ceremony remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of duty in the…

Rep. Cole: Record investment for Northern Michigan K-12 public schools

As students begin a new school year, state Rep. Triston Cole announced he has voted over the past two years to bring an additional $5.5 million to Northern Michigan public school districts. “This record investment will ensure teachers and students have the resources they need to succeed,” said Cole, of Mancelona. “More funding for the…

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…