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Rep. Barbara McLachlan reflects on her last session at the state legislature

Barbara McLachlan

State Representative Barbara McLachlan is the chair of the House Education Committee. The Democratic from Durango, who represents House District 59, said this year will be her last session at the legislature and she's retiring from state office. KVNF's Laura Palmisano recently spoke to McLachlan about what she's working on this session including a bill to allow students to carry opioid overdose reversal medications and her support for a transgender rights bill that would require schools to use a student's chosen name.

Laura joined KVNF in 2014. She was the news director for two years and now works as a freelance reporter covering Colorado's Western Slope. Laura is an award-winning journalist with work recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists, Colorado Broadcasters Association, and RTDNA. In 2015, she was a fellow for the Institute for Justice & Journalism. Her fellowship project, a three-part series on the Karen refugee community in Delta, Colorado, received a regional Edward R. Murrow Award.