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Proposed bill provides funding for lead testing in schools

Lead can seriously change the trajectory of a child’s life. Studies show that lead is never safe in a child’s body. Exposure can seriously affect a child’s IQ, attention span…

Bill designed to kick-start Water Plan

When it comes to the water battle in Colorado, the divide is much stronger between urban and rural than Democrat and Republican. The full version of this story is available…

Hospital Provider Fee: Cut or not?

When my son accidentally punctured his eardrum years ago, we rushed him to Mercy Hospital. The doctors’ offices were closed, and Durango didn’t have the time. He was fine, but…

Seeing the value of our public lands

My dad was a forest ranger in Rocky Mountain National Park before I was born. He and my mom raised my older brother there in the summers, in a tent.…

Solutions to transportation problems differ

Our students in southwest Colorado ride buses across the state to get to their sporting events. Our business owners travel miles and miles on our highways to haul goods and…

Teacher shortage affects schools across the state

When I was little, my South Lakewood Elementary class would board a bus once a year and take a field trip to our state Capitol. I was always in awe;…

McLachlan outlines progress of numerous bills

The legislative session is becoming more intense each passing day as our daily agendas in the House and our various committees become busier. In the House Agriculture, Livestock and Natural…

Local constituents present at state capitol

Many of the bills I am sponsoring this session have advanced in the legislature. On Tuesday, the House unanimously approved HB14-1080 on third reading. I am proud to be a…

McLachlan reports on legislative session

As usual, the legislative session is flying by at breakneck speed. HB14-1119, which is a food donation tax credit bill I am cosponsoring with Tim Dore (R-Elizabeth), passed unanimously out…

2014 legislative session: Education, broadband and more

2014 legislative session: Education, broadband and more

The 2014 legislative session began on Jan. 8 and, as the session really begins to get underway, I wanted to highlight what my colleagues and I will be working on…

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