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Barbara McLachlan: Priming state Outdoor Rec office to do even more

A group of legislators toured the Winter Colorado Outdoor Recreation Convention in Denver last week, where companies from around the world touted their incredible selection of outdoor equipment,...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2020 | COLUMN: From the State House

Rep. Barbara McLachlan: We want to encourage rural business

After a couple of weeks celebrating our Western heritage at the National Western Stock Show, hobnobbing with steers in the Brown Palace Hotel during their high tea, enjoying dinner with members of...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2020 | COLUMN: From the State House

Barbara McLachlan: Good bills to come this legislative session

We’re off and running! The 2020 state legislative session started last week, and the Capitol is buzzing with predictions and expectations about what will happen this year. We’re also reflecting on...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2020 | COLUMN: From the State House

This is a heap of bills that got passed

Legislators passed many great bills this session, and I am proud to add several from my own list of accomplishments to that lineup, all of which passed with bipartisan support. Some of these bills...

DATE: May 11, 2019 | COLUMN: From the State House

We must do better on school lunch

We need to work together to stop school lunch shaming. At a Durango middle school last week, a hand-written sign in the cafeteria that troubled me said “Kiddos – partial lunch will be given to you...

DATE: April 26, 2019 | COLUMN: From the State House

Many health care bills on the move

The multi-faceted issue of health care in Colorado is questioned frequently as I tour District 59, repeated often in the calls and letters I receive. I am the first to admit it is not my specialty...

DATE: April 20, 2019 | COLUMN: From the State House

I fought for the college – and lost

I had to put up a fight this week. Some might say it was a David and Goliath attempt, or a blood from a turnip attempt. Whatever it was called, my attempt failed, but not for lack of trying. Every...

DATE: April 13, 2019 | COLUMN: From the State House

Oil and gas bill meets all our needs

I voted against Proposition 112 in the last election, a sweeping regulation on all oil and gas drilling in Colorado. It would have hurt the industry. But I did vote for Senate Bill 19-181. It has...

DATE: April 6, 2019 | COLUMN: From the State House

Everyone wins with full-day K

Full-day kindergarten may now become a reality in Colorado. The bill I am running with Rep. Jim Wilson and Sen. Jeff Bridges fulfills a promise Colorado made to voters more than 10 years ago,...

DATE: March 30, 2019 | COLUMN: From the State House

These bills aid education, communities

The House Education Committee has heard a wide variety of bills this year, with many more on the horizon. As the chair, I am avoiding unfunded mandates, excessive red tape or bills that are simply...

DATE: March 16, 2019 | COLUMN: From the State House

Why I was a no vote on that bill

It was the unintended consequences question that affected my vote this week. As one of the most difficult, but researched, votes I have taken this year, I voted no on the National Popular Vote...

DATE: March 2, 2019 | COLUMN: From the State House

Our bill will keep Colorado waters clean

Growing up, I learned quickly to clean up my room. Or else. It wasn’t always easy. Or pleasant. But I’d made a promise to my parents, and I begrudgingly kept it. And that is what I expect from...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2019 | COLUMN: From the State House

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