Rep. Sheppard: Data shows Monroe County is ready to take steps to reopen economy

State Rep. Jason Sheppard today said the number of new coronavirus cases have been on a general downward trend since early April, despite an increase in the number of available tests – proving that it’s time to begin reopening more sectors of the economy in Monroe County. Sheppard, of Temperance, said statewide hospitalizations also have…

Rep. Sheppard introduces plan to protect residents from governor’s overreach

Proposal would restore checks and balances during states of emergency State Rep. Jason Sheppard today introduced a plan to rein in the broad powers given to the governor during states of emergency and help protect the people of Michigan from gubernatorial overreach in the future. Sheppard, of Temperance, said current state law gives the governor…

Rep. Sheppard asks governor to help real estate industry continue basic operations

Limited in-person meetings should be allowed with safety measures State Rep. Jason Sheppard of Temperance today asked the governor to consider allowing real estate professionals to hold in-person meetings in limited circumstances when they are necessary to conduct business. “There are hundreds of real estate transactions pending and new listings coming on the market daily….

COLUMN: Governor’s latest stay-home order a step in the wrong direction

Last week, the governor double-downed on her order for all residents to stay home by enacting further restrictions. By doing so, she has further placed our state’s economy in peril and created confusion and frustration for most Michiganians. In the days leading up to Thursday’s announcement of the extended COVID-19 stay-at-home order, I joined my…

Rep. Sheppard: Governor’s request for 70-day emergency extension is ‘overzealous’

State Rep. Jason Sheppard of Temperance today said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s request for the Legislature to extend the statewide emergency declaration related to coronavirus – and the powers it grants to her – by an additional 70 days is excessive: “Right now, the public health crisis we’re facing clearly presents a danger to Michigan families,…