Rep. Cole votes to approve Detroit Public Schools reform

State Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, made the following statement today after the House approved sweeping reforms to Detroit Public Schools (DPS): “After much negotiation, the DPS package the Michigan House of Representatives approved today is the most conservative option. This package implements necessary academic, structural and financial reforms to DPS. “The fact of the matter is…

Rep. Cole’s morel mushroom legislation approved by House

The Michigan House of Representatives today approved State Representative Triston Cole’s legislation to remove the certification requirement necessary to pick and sell morel mushrooms. “As far back as I can remember I was able to forage for morels and sell them to local businesses and restaurants in Northern Michigan, until recently in 2015 when the…

Rep. Cole advocates for parental rights

Column by State Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona The U.S. Department of Education and Justice recently released unsolicited joint guidance in an attempt to provide educators information they need to ensure that all students, including transgender students, are able to attend school in an environment free from discrimination. This release served as a threat to schools…

Rep. Cole testifies on ‘no greater than the feds’ legislation

State Representative Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, testified today in the House Regulatory Reform Committee (HRRC) supporting legislation he sponsored to amend the Administrative Procedures Act of 1969 to limit the state government’s ability to adopt a rule that is more stringent than the federal regulations. “House Bill 5613, also nicknamed ‘no greater than the feds’, will…

Rep. Cole invites local residents to attend ‘Coffee with Cole’

Lawmaker announces upcoming May and June office hours State Representative Triston Cole invites residents of the 105th House District to meet with him locally during district office hours this spring to discuss important state and local issues of interest. “I want to get to know all the constituents in my area so that they know…

Rep. Cole’s bill will repeal duplicative MDEQ permits for licensed campgrounds

State Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, introduced legislation today that will repeal the requirement for a duplicative Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) permit for licensed campgrounds throughout the state. “Under current law all campgrounds in Michigan must be licensed through the MDEQ and also subject to annual inspections that include sanitary sewage systems,” Rep. Cole…

Rep. Cole’s bill will allow morel mushrooms to be picked and sold without certification

State Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, today introduced legislation that will remove unnecessary regulations for morel mushroom enthusiasts to obtain a mandatory certification to be able to pick and sell morels to local businesses. House Bill 5532 will remove morel mushrooms from the food code that requires harvesters to be certified to sell. “Finding, picking and…

Lawmakers: New state education board LGBTQ policy erodes parental rights

Concerned parents, public must be able to stop potential changes State Rep. Triston Cole joined a group of Michigan House lawmakers today condemning a draft policy initiative by the Michigan State Board of Education that could allow students to use any school restroom they choose and allow male students to try out for girls’ sports…

Rep. Cole’s bill opens forest roads to ORV use unless they are marked closed

This week the Michigan House of Representatives approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Triston Cole to increase recreational opportunities in Michigan by giving off-road vehicle (ORV) users right to utilize any forest road that currently sees motor vehicle traffic that is not marked closed. The forest roads will be audited by the Michigan Department of Natural…

Rep. Cole reflects on invaluable role agriculture plays in Michigan’s economy

Column by State Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona March 13 – 19 denotes Agriculture Week here in Michigan and as vice chair of the House Agriculture Committee and a farmer myself, I feel compelled to tout the indispensable role that farming has played in boosting Michigan’s economy. I vividly remember six years ago coming down from…