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…

Rep. Franz sponsors bill to safeguard veterans disability benefits

State Rep. Ray Franz of Onekama, left, and Deputy General Counsel to the Michigan Army and National Guard Major David Bedells of Traverse City, delivered testimony today to the House Judiciary Committee in support of Rep. Franz’s legislation to protect veterans disability benefits. This legislation is House Bill 4170.

Rep. Yonker invites Allegan, Kent county residents to budget town hall

WHAT:   Budget town hall meeting to inform local residents about the state budget and outline fiscal year appropriations.   WHO:     State Rep. Ken Yonker, R-Caledonia, and guest-speaker House Appropriations Chair Rep. Al Pscholka, R-Stevensville.   WHERE:   Wayland Union High School, 870 E Superior St. in Wayland.   WHEN:     Thursday,…

Rep. Jacobsen optimistic after MSP, MDOT testimony on speed limits legislation

State Representative Brad Jacobsen, R-Oxford, and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today listened to additional testimony on a bipartisan bill package to ensure the safety of Michigan motorists by increasing speed limits on certain highways. House Bills 4423-27 are currently under consideration by the committee. “Today, we heard testimony on HBs 4423-27 from Michigan…

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. Jacobsen welcomes local student to Capitol as ‘Junior Rep.’

  LANSING — State Representative Brad Jacobsen, R-Oxford, welcomed St. Joseph Catholic School student, Kira Corrigan of Oxford, to the Capitol today to shadow the lawmaker as “junior representative for the day.” Kira was selected from the Oakland County students that participated in Rep. Jacobsen’s Summer Reading Contest. “It was such a great privilege to have…

Rep. Yonker invites area residents to budget town hall

State Rep. Ken Yonker, R-Caledonia, invites local residents of Allegan and Kent counties to attend a budget town hall with guest-speaker House Appropriations Chair Rep. Al Pscholka on Thursday, Oct. 15 at Wayland Union High School from 6 to 8 p.m. “I want to share with people what is going on with our budget in…

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. Yonker honors local first responders at Capitol

State Rep. Ken Yonker, R-Caledonia, pays special tribute to local first responders during a special ceremony today at the Capitol for military service members and local first responders in honor of the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. “It is my great privilege to shake the hands of these brave men and women…

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…