Rep. Sheppard honors local heroes at 9/11 ceremony

State Rep. Jason Sheppard, R-Temperance, today welcomed Maj. Jeff Kemp and Chief Deputy Heath Velliquette from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office to the state Capitol for the annual 9/11 memorial service conducted by the Michigan House of Representatives. The ceremony marks the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America, and recognizes the…

Rep. Jason Sheppard schedules August coffee hours

State Rep. Jason Sheppard, R-Temperance, today announced he is holding coffee hours at four local establishments during August to connect with residents of the 56th District. He encourages people to share their thoughts and concerns about state and local issues. “I serve in Lansing to represent the residents of our district, and these informal meetings…

Rep. Sheppard holding summer reading contest for students

One winner will be named ‘Representative for a Day’ State Rep. Jason Sheppard is sponsoring a reading contest to encourage children in the 56th House District to read during the summer months. “It’s important for children to read every day during the summer so they can sharpen the skills they have developed during the school…

Rep. Sheppard: DPS reform plan a step forward for children in Detroit

Rep. Jason Sheppard, R-Temperance, issued the following statement today following the House’s passage of legislation to reform Detroit Public Schools: “The package we approved today will provide the fresh start needed to move Detroit Public Schools in the right direction. It creates a new, debt-free Community District that ensures children in Detroit get the quality…

Rep. Sheppard announces funding for Monroe County Community College

State Rep. Jason Sheppard today announced a $7.5 million project at Monroe County Community College is moving forward after a joint capital outlay request was approved in the state budget. Rep. Sheppard, R-Temperance, said he was pleased to hear funding was made available for a project that will convert the college’s east and west technology…

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…