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

Rest of state must see our region’s needs

One of the first things I learned when joining the Legislature in 2017 was that the two committees I was most passionate to join, Education and Agriculture, met at the same time. Though I chose...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2019 | COLUMN: From the State House

Place, not party, defines my service

The 2019 session of the Colorado General Assembly has begun. I am in my ninth year in this body. I have spent my first years and years six through eight in the majority. In that time span, I have...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2019 | COLUMN: From the State House

McLachlan: Session was productive for everyone

The 71st Session of the General Assembly came to a resounding close Wednesday night after 120 days of crafting, discussing, arguing, reconciling, meeting and contemplating. Fourteen of my bills,...

DATE: May 12, 2018 | COLUMN: From the State House

McLachlan: Listening and leading on education

This week has been a good one for schools and teachers. Last year, the governor signed my bill, HB 17-1003, to find solutions to Colorado’s educator shortage. We’re pushing forward to identify...

DATE: April 28, 2018 | COLUMN: From the State House

McLachlan: Progress on clean water, housing, water storage

Two bills I am shepherding through the Legislature will have a positive impact on Southwest Colorado; a third was just signed into law. The first, HB18-1301, will help ensure our rivers are never...

DATE: April 14, 2018 | COLUMN: From the State House

McLachlan: A responsible and bi-partisan budget effort

Colorado’s constitution requires the state of Colorado to balance its budget every year; that sounds easier than it is. Our strong 2018 economic forecast provided a boost to the budget, and gave...

DATE: March 31, 2018 | COLUMN: From the State House

McLachlan: Broadband deployment in rural Colorado

People with broadband service get to fill out college applications at home, watch YouTube videos, email friends and research important topics. Those without have to work in coffee shops, library...

DATE: March 17, 2018 | COLUMN: From the State House

McLachlan: Keeping lands in agriculture

The average rancher or farmer in Colorado is 60 years old. Some are transitioning into handing over their property to family, who will carry on the work and traditions into the next generation....

DATE: March 3, 2018 | COLUMN: From the State House

McLachlan: Classroom lessons inform legislation

Not much is as fulfilling as a classroom of first graders giggling as they tell you how they want to change the world: Be nice. Listen to others. Lots of ice cream. More recess. It’s hard to argue...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2018 | COLUMN: From the State House

McLachlan: Championing the next economic engine for Colorado’s communities

Gunnison and other mountain towns consistently run into a mutual problem: Guests leave early because they can’t acclimate to breathing in the high altitude. When resident Roanne Houck graduated...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2018 | COLUMN: From the State House

People, ideas help me serve 59th district

Like the parable of the blind men describing an elephant, it’s easy to forget that not everyone in our state is surrounded by the rugged mountains, green fields, charming small towns and rural...

DATE: Jan. 20, 2018 | COLUMN: From the State House

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