Rep. Sheppard encourages families to take part in Free Fishing Weekend

Free Fishing Weekend is June 11 and 12, and state Rep. Jason Sheppard encourages people to take advantage of the event by heading out to one of the local lakes, rivers or streams to cast a line. During Free Fishing Weekend, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources waives all fishing license fees for two days,…

Meet with Rep. Jason Sheppard during June coffee hours

State Rep. Jason Sheppard, R-Temperance, has scheduled coffee hours at four local establishments to connect with residents of the 56th District. He encourages people to share their thoughts and concerns about state and local issues. “I enjoy having an opportunity to meet with neighbors and hear their perspectives on the issues we face in this…

House committee approves legislation to increase government transparency

Rep. Sheppard’s measure is part of 10-bill package The House Committee on Oversight and Ethics today approved bipartisan legislation to increase the public’s access to records from Michigan’s executive branch and the state Legislature. Rep. Jason Sheppard, R-Temperance, sponsored a portion of the 10-bill package – House Bills 5469-5478 – which will create the Legislative…

House approves Rep. Sheppard’s biobased product legislation

Measure supports Michigan farmers who grow crops used in production The Michigan House of Representatives has approved a bill introduced by state Rep. Jason Sheppard to support Michigan farmers who grow crops used in the production of biobased products. House Bill 4850 gives items with a biobased certification preference when purchases are made for state…

Rep. Sheppard visits local corn farm

State Rep. Jason Sheppard, R-Temperance, spent Monday morning getting a hands-on farming lesson from John Secord and Jerry Heck at Secord’s farm in Erie Township. “I’m glad I had an opportunity to see how new equipment is impacting the farming industry,” Rep. Sheppard said. “Technology is helping farmers increase their efficiency and productivity while reducing…

Lambertville pastor gives House invocation at state Capitol

State Rep. Jason Sheppard welcomed Pastor Brett Bartlett from Wyldewood Baptist Church in Lambertville to provide the invocation before the start of the Michigan House of Representatives session Tuesday. “It was an honor for me to stand alongside Pastor Brett as he gave such an inspiring invocation,” said Rep. Sheppard, R-Temperance. “His words serve as…

Rep. Sheppard schedules May in-district coffee hours

State Rep. Jason Sheppard, R-Temperance, will hold coffee hours this month at three local establishments to connect with residents of the 56th District. He encourages people to share their thoughts and concerns about state and local issues. “It’s always a pleasure to hear from residents in our communities,” Rep. Sheppard said. “Coffee hours are a…

Veteran definition bills approved by House

Legislation introduced by state Rep. Jason Sheppard, part of a 21-bill package that clarifies the definition of a veteran, was approved Tuesday by the House. “State laws currently have a number of differing definitions for who is considered a veteran,” said Rep. Sheppard, R-Temperance. “These bills clearly define a veteran and create consistency across all…

House panel approves Rep. Sheppard bill to support Michigan farmers

Legislation gives preference to biobased products for state purchases A bill introduced by state Rep. Jason Sheppard to ensure the state is supporting Michigan farmers was approved today by the House Committee on Agriculture. House Bill 4850 adds products certified as biobased by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to the list of items given preference…

Rep. Sheppard’s potable water legislation approved by House

Legislation introduced by state Rep. Jason Sheppard to exempt trucks that deliver potable water from seasonal weight restrictions was approved today by the state House. Rep. Sheppard, R-Temperance, introduced House Bill 4695 after hearing input from constituents who have water delivered, usually due to high sulfur content in their wells or because their wells have…

Meet with Rep. Sheppard during April ‘coffee hours’

State Rep. Jason Sheppard, R-Temperance, invites residents to join him this month at local establishments throughout the 56th District. The purpose of these “coffee hours” is to encourage contact between local residents and state government in Lansing. “I always enjoy meeting with residents in our district and hearing their input,” Rep. Sheppard said. “If you’re…

Rep. Sheppard’s potable water bill approved by committee

The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure recently approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Jason Sheppard to exempt trucks that deliver potable water from seasonal weight restrictions on Michigan roads. “A number of residents in our district have water delivered to their homes due to high sulfur content in their wells, or because their wells…