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…

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

State Representative Triston Cole invites residents of the 105th House District to meet with him locally during district office hours this March to discuss important state and local issues of interest. “I want to get to know constituents in my area so that they know I am invested in the 105th District and I represent…

Rep. Cole approves resolution creating “Ag Week” in Michigan

Today the Michigan House of Representatives approved a resolution deeming March 13-19, 2016, as Agriculture Week in the state of Michigan. State Rep. Triston Cole, vice chair of the House Agriculture Committee issued the following statement regarding passage of House Resolution 230: “I am extremely supportive of this resolution and I feel compelled to tout…

Rep. Cole aids in repeal of outdated agriculture laws

The Michigan House of Representatives today approved legislation to repeal outdated agricultural laws. State Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, sponsored House Bill 5052 to repeal Public Act 340 of 1913, which prohibits the sale of unwholesome calves, pigs, and other livestock. “The definition of ‘unwholesome’ includes provisions regarding food quality and requirements for the sale of…

Rep. Cole encourages Northern Michigan residents to join free fishing weekend

  State Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, encourages anglers to partake in the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Free Fishing Weekend this Feb. 13 and 14. The department is waiving fishing license requirements for the upcoming weekend so residents and tourists across the state looking to drop a line will be able to enjoy Michigan’s…

GOP lawmakers introduce constitutional carry bill

Legislation removes requirement for government permit Legislation enabling law-abiding citizens to carry concealed weapons for self-protection without possessing a government-issued permit to do so was introduced today by four House Republicans. House Bills 5301-5304 were introduced by state Reps. Tom Barrett, R-Potterville; Lee Chatfield, R-Levering; Triston Cole, R-Mancelona; and Jim Runestad, R-White Lake. The bill…