Rep. Sheppard introduces bill to rein in Michigan’s exorbitant auto insurance rates

Legislation would provide much-needed relief to Michigan drivers, who are paying some of the highest car insurance premiums in the country State Rep. Jason Sheppard (R-Temperance) today introduced legislation, House Bill 5951, to tackle Michigan’s outrageously high auto insurance rates, which are among the highest in the nation. “This legislation would offer consumers more choices,…

Legislation cracking down on human trafficking gains House approval

Barrett, Sheppard bills criminalize businesses that profit from sex trade The Michigan House of Representatives today approved a plan by state Reps. Tom Barrett and Jason Sheppard to crack down on immoral people who profit from human trafficking. “Although Michigan law criminalizes prostitution and human trafficking, it does not address situations involving a person who…

Rep. Sheppard lauds House passage of legislation to increase transparency

10-bill package will expand FOIA, create Legislative Open Records Act State Rep. Jason Sheppard, R-Temperance, today praised the House’s passage of a comprehensive plan to make the Legislature and governor’s office more transparent. Rep. Sheppard sponsored a bill in the 10-piece package, which creates the Legislative Open Records Act (LORA) and amends the Freedom of…

Rep. Sheppard honored with MMA Legislator of the Year award

State Rep. Jason Sheppard, R-Temperance, has been recognized with the Michigan Manufacturers Association’s Legislator of the Year award. Manufacturers joined state and local leaders to honor Rep. Sheppard in Lansing on Tuesday during the annual MMA Legislative Reception. The Legislator of the Year Award recognizes legislators for their leadership and dedication to Michigan’s manufacturing sector…

Rep. Sheppard sponsors legislation cracking down on sex tourism

State Rep. Jason Sheppard’s legislation to punish people who engage in the promotion or sale of sex tourism was approved Tuesday by the House Committee on Criminal Justice. House Bill 5838, sponsored by Rep. Tom Barrett, R-Potterville, and HB 5839, sponsored by Rep. Sheppard, make it a felony to knowingly sell or offer services that…

Rep. Sheppard announces in-district meeting schedule

State Rep. Jason Sheppard, R-Temperance, invites residents of the 56th House District to “Sit Down with Sheppard” during one of four informal meetings scheduled this month. “In an effort to be available to everyone who wants to meet with me I have added some evening hours to my schedule,” Rep. Sheppard said. “I encourage people…

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…