Does Policy Development End at the State Line?

April 26, 2018 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Acton Institute

98 Fulton St. East, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Do laws passed in Illinois affect someone who lives in Michigan? Or vice versa?

Join America’s Future Foundation-Grand Rapids, the Mackinac Center, and Americans for Prosperity for a legislators panel! We’re asking state lawmakers to discuss how laws in neighboring states affect policy development in their own legislature, and in what way, if any, do state legislators work across state lines?

We’ll welcome lawmakers from Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin to answer these questions and more!

Joining our panel of legislators are:

Rep. Tyler August (Wisconsin)Rep. Tyler August (R-Lake Geneva) was first elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2010, and is currently serving his fourth term. Rep. August is the Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore, the second highest constitutional officer in the State Assembly. He also serves on the following committees during the current legislative session: Joint Survey Committee on Tax Exemptions (Co-Chairman), Government Accountability and Oversight, Insurance, Joint Legislative Council, Assembly Organization, and Rules. Prior to being elected, he was the Chief of Staff to former State Representative Tom Lothian (R-Williams Bay).

Rep. Triston Cole (Michigan)Rep. Triston Cole (R-Mancelona) was first elected to serve in the Michigan House of Representatives in 2014. Rep. Cole is the chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. He also serves on the committees on Energy Policy, Judiciary, and Michigan Competitiveness. Previously, he spent 15 years in the hunting and guiding industry. In 2000, he and his wife started a family farm from scratch and became a small-business owner whose farm provides produce for local direct market sales.

Rep. Tom Morrison (Illinois)Rep. Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) is a former small business owner, a former teacher and a 1997 graduate of Hillsdale College. He was first elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2010. During the current legislative session, Rep. Morrison serves on the Economic Justice & Equity, Elementary and Secondary Education Charter School Policy, Environment, Insurance: Health & Life, and Personnel & Pensions Committees. He is married to Bethany, and together they have four children.


This is your chance to meet and talk to elected officials from across the region! Come out and show a Grand Rapids welcome for our guests. You’ll also have the chance to network with fellow liberty-minded young professionals from across the state.

We hope to see you there.