Pastor delivers powerful invocation before Tuesday’s House session

LANSING, MI – Mancelona lawmaker state Rep. Triston Cole, right, and Speaker Pro-Tempore state Rep. Tom Leonard, left, joined Pastor Glynn McMorris, middle, of Mio Baptist Church to deliver the invocation prior to the start of Tuesday’s state House session. “It is a privilege to be blessed with the opportunity to welcome Pastor McMorris to…

House approves Cole’s bill ensuring aircraft safety

The Michigan House of Representatives approved today state Rep. Triston Cole’s legislation ensuring aircraft safety by requiring all weather towers be marked with orange and white alternating stripes to safeguard pilot visibility. Rep. Cole, R-Mancelona, was joined on the House floor today during session by his wife, Stacy Cole, right, as the House voted overwhelmingly…

Rep. Cole approves real solution to Michigan road-funding crisis

Lawmaker votes to expand tax credits, increases tax relief for middle class families, seniors and young adults State Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, voted to approve the House Republican road funding package today, including an amendment he offered that ensures every dollar in the $600 million reserve fund be directly contributed to fixing Michigan’s roads and…

Rep. Cole’s bill to reform civil asset forfeiture signed into law by Gov.

LANSING, MI — Gov. Snyder signed five bills into law on Tuesday as he approved a bipartisan bill package to reform civil asset forfeiture laws. State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona, left, authored House Bill 4503 now Public Act No. 150 of 2015, which will safeguard oversight of civil forfeiture by ensuring that forfeiture funds…

Rep. Cole – USDA declares 31 Michigan counties natural disaster regions

State Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, vice chair of the House Agriculture Committee, is informing residents statewide of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s recent decision to declare 31 Michigan counties as primary natural disaster areas. On Oct. 14, the USDA declared the five counties of the 105th House District – Antrim, Charlevoix, Montmorency, Oscoda and…

Local residents invited to October coffee hours with Rep. Cole

State Representative Triston Cole invites residents of the 105th House District to meet with him locally during district office hours this October in order to discuss important state and local issues of interest. “Office hours are one of the most useful tools I have as a Representative,” said Rep. Cole, R-Mancelona. “I sincerely hope that…

Rep. Cole bill requires temporary weather towers to meet FAA regulations

State Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, recently introduced legislation to require that Meteorological Evaluation Towers (METs) meet standard Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations for pilot visibility. “A MET can be erected in a day and the owners are currently not required to provide any safety markings or registration current aviation authorities or the FAA.” Rep. Cole…

Rep. Cole encourages local residents to explore Michigan farms

Share your farm fresh experience with #MIFarmFresh105 State Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, invites local residents to share their Michigan farm fresh experiences this fall by uploading photos to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag: #MIFarmFresh105. “I’m excited to see photos of families exploring Pure Michigan at the many great farms across the state,” Rep….

Rep. Cole thanks U.S. Congressman Benishek for his service

State Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, issued the following statement: “It was announced today that Congressman Dan Benishek of Michigan’s 1st Congressional District would not be seeking re-election. I would like to take this opportunity to recognize Congressman Benishek for his outstanding service to the people of Michigan’s 1st U.S. Congressional District. “Congressman Benishek is a…

Rep. Cole issues statement following late-night session

State Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, issued the following statement after this morning’s vote to expel former legislator Cindy Gamrat: “I left the state Capitol at nearly 5 a.m., roughly 23 hours after my day began. Today, in the early morning hours, I took the most difficult vote I hope to ever take. In the end, because…

Rep. Cole honors local heroes in special 9-11 tribute

State Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, pays tribute to local first responders today during a special ceremony at the Capitol honoring the victims and heroes of 9-11. “As we reflect upon that infamous day on Sept. 11, 2001, I am humbled to be standing alongside Charlevoix Chief of Police and Fire Gerard Doan, and Charlevoix Deputy…

Rep. Cole reports on hydraulic fracturing in Michigan

Michigan lawmaker provides environmental update from NCSL conference State Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, was recently selected by Michigan House Speaker Kevin Cotter, to serve on the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) for the 2015-2016 biennium. Last week at the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) annual meeting, a panel consisting of environmentalists and skeptics of the oil industry…