Rep. Cole joined by Ag Committee chair for local farm tour

Farmers discuss concerns about proposed bicycle path State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona recently welcomed state Rep. Tom Barrett, chair of the House Agriculture Committee, to northern Michigan for a tour of local farms. The representatives toured farms along M-31 between Acme and Elk Rapids, where farmers have expressed apprehension about a proposed bicycle trail….

Rep. Cole: Ban on local food taxes benefits families, farmers

Legislator votes for bill prohibiting taxation   State Rep. Triston Cole today voted for legislation to prohibit local governments from imposing taxes on the manufacture and sale of food and beverages. Cole, of Mancelona, said he is fully behind the measure prohibiting municipal governments from adding a tax on food. The Michigan Food Access and…

Rep. Cole bill allows private marriages between minors to be made public

Local couple celebrating 50th anniversary wants to see their marriage on public record The House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee today approved legislation authored by state Rep. Triston Cole to allow private marriages between minors to be made public after both parties are at least 18. Under current law, only persons at least 18 years…

Rep. Cole delays vote that would promote Detroit Lions

In light of some NFL players refusing to stand for the national anthem and the public response by multiple team owners, state Rep. Triston Cole on Tuesday decided to remove a bill from House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee agenda that would help promote the team on Michigan license plates. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee…

Rep. Cole supports reform to lower Michigan auto insurance rates

State Rep. Triston Cole announced Tuesday he is part of a bipartisan coalition to reform Michigan’s broken auto no-fault insurance system and dramatically cut costs for drivers. Cole supports House Bill 5013Rep. that will lower the cost of auto insurance in Michigan – which now has the highest rates in the nation – by offering…

Rep. Cole announces informational meeting on auto insurance reform

State Rep. Triston Cole, of Mancelona, invites residents to attend an informational meeting and conversation on the need for auto insurance reform with special guest state Rep. Lana Theis, chair of the House Insurance Committee. Rep. Theis, of Brighton, has been working with Rep. Cole to reform Michigan’s auto no-fault insurance and lower the cost…

Rep. Cole promotes Rail Safety Week in September

State Rep. Triston Cole, of Mancelona, today introduced a resolution, declaring Sept. 24-30 as Rail Safety Week in Michigan. While the number of highway-rail crossing collisions, deaths and injuries has dropped over the past five decades, it is a startling fact that a person or vehicle is hit by a train about every three hours…

Rep. Cole applauds resolution to extend county road patrols

Measure helps local communities maintain public safety   State Rep. Triston Cole today hailed House Appropriation Committee approval of a resolution that enables county law enforcement to patrol the streets of cities and villages. Cole, of Mancelona, said some of the local governments in Otsego County have faced economic hardships that required them to make…

Rep. Cole discusses public transportation in Michigan House committee

State Rep. Triston Cole, of Mancelona, today welcomed representatives from the Michigan Public Transit Association to the Michigan House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Clark Harder, executive director for the Michigan Public Transit Association and Dusty Fancher from the Midwest Strategy Group attended the committee meeting to give a presentation about the importance of local public…

Rep. Cole announces winner of summer reading contest

State Rep. Triston Cole will welcome student Miss Grace Moody to the Capitol to be a Rep. for a Day and experience the life of a Michigan state representative. Local students entered the contest by reading books over the summer, filling out a bookmark with their name and the list of books that they read,…

Rep. Cole invites first responder guest for Sept. 11 ceremony

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Triston Cole, of Mancelona, today hosted Otsego County Fire Chief Dave Duffield as his guest 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 past year.

Rep. Triston Cole hosts local office hours

State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona will host local office hours for the month of September. “Listening to people’s concerns and ideas gives me a better perspective on critical issues in my community,” Rep. Cole said. “I want residents to know I am invested in them and effectively representing their needs and interests in Lansing.”…