Rep. Cole encourages residents to participate in Free Fishing Weekend

State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona is encouraging everyone to take advantage of the state’s winter Free Fishing Weekend on Feb. 17 and 18. This weekend, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will waive the regular recreation passport fees and allow Michigan residents and out-of-state visitors access to fishing without a license. “Michigan has some…

Rep. Cole votes to end driver responsibility fees on Oct. 1

All outstanding debt forgiven under plan   State Rep. Triston Cole today voted for bills that are part of a legislative package to eliminate driver responsibility fees and forgive outstanding debt by Oct. 1. Cole, of Mancelona, said the senseless fees were contrived by a previous administration that was desperate for money after irresponsible spending…

Rep. Cole, East Jordan man testify before House Judiciary Committee

Bill allows motor carrier officers to continue carrying concealed pistols in retirement State Rep. Triston Cole and East Jordan resident Steve Kost testified this week before the House Judiciary Committee in support of legislation allowing retired motor carrier officers to carry concealed pistols into areas where firearms are restricted. Most retired law enforcement and corrections…

Rep. Cole testifies in support of bill to prioritize asset management for roads

State Rep. Triston Cole this week testified before the Michigan House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of his legislation to help determine how to best spend available money on roads, bridges and other infrastructure. Cole’s bill calls for the Transportation Asset Management Council to be moved to the Michigan Infrastructure Council. The goal is…

Rep. Cole welcomes local pastor to lead House invocation

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona welcomed Father Nicholas Cooper to the state Capitol to give Thursday’s invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. Cooper is the current associate pastor of St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord. House tradition calls for a representative or a clergy member to begin each day’s session with a…

Rep. Cole’s bill to revise semi-trailer axle length requirements headed to governor

Legislation increases safety for Michigan drivers The Michigan House today unanimously gave final legislative approval to state Rep. Triston Cole’s bill revising semi-trailer axle length requirements to increase safety for Michigan drivers. The bill eliminates the limited maximum length of 41 feet between the sliding tandem rear axles and the connection point on a semi-tractor….

Rep. Cole invites residents to upcoming office hours

State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona will hold local office hours for the month of February. “I want residents to know I am invested in them and effectively representing their needs and interests in Lansing,” Rep. Cole said. “Office hours are an opportunity for constituents to meet face-to-face with me and ask questions or offer…

Rep. Cole approves bills giving families and seniors broader tax relief

State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona today approved legislation giving Michigan families and seniors broader income tax relief. The legislation continues and increases personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on their state income taxes. Other bills in the package provide additional tax relief for senior citizens. “This legislation ensures that Michigan taxpayers will…

House subcommittee to consider Rep. Cole bill prohibiting deer sterilization

State Rep. Triston Cole’s legislation banning deer sterilization programs in Michigan has been referred to a bipartisan subcommittee for consideration, the chair of the House Natural Resources Committee announced today. Cole, of Mancelona, recently testified in support of his bill before the committee, chaired by Rep. Gary Howell. “As a conservationist, hunting guide, hunting mentor…

Rep. Cole welcomes local job provider for State of the State

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Triston Cole, of Mancelona, right, is joined on the House floor by Marvin Rubingh, owner of Rubingh’s Dairyland LLC. Rubingh was Rep. Cole’s guest for the annual State of the State address. Rep. Cole represents the residents of Antrim, Otsego, Charlevoix, Montmorency, and Oscoda counties.

Rep. Cole leads joint panel discussion on Michigan’s trucking industry

Legislators learn about federal regulations, electronic logging devices House Transportation Chairman State Rep. Triston Cole today took part in leading a joint committee meeting alongside Senate Transportation Chairman Sen. Tom Casperson with the Senate Transportation Committee to discuss the impact of federal regulations. Testimony and discussion revolved around the electronic logging device federal mandate and…