The League of Minnesota Cities has selected 32 state lawmakers, including District 16 Sen. Gary Dahms, as legislators of distinction for 2017. The honor recognizes legislators for specific actions that aided efforts of Minnesota cities during the past year’s legislative session.

Legislators of distinction are approved annually by the league’s board of directors to recognize that in order to successfully serve shared communities, state and city officials must work together to meet the unique needs of rural, suburban and urban residents all across Minnesota.

To be eligible for the legislator of distinction honor, legislators must achieve one or more of the following criteria: be generally and reasonably accessible to league representatives, seek input on issues of importance to cities, listen to league concerns and be receptive to league-provided information on issues, sponsor and/or support league initiatives, speak out on behalf of the interest of cities and/or work to demonstrate the importance of partnership between the state and cities. 

Dahms was chosen specifically for his work as the chief author of the league’s sales tax exemption on construction materials bill.

He was also the author of the league-initiated bill to exempt road construction and maintenance vehicles.

Dahms is always accessible and regularly contacts league staff for city positions and concerns on pending legislation. Recipients of the recognition received a letter of appreciation and a certificate.

Additionally, a copy of the legislator of distinction acknowledgement letter was sent to the mayor of each city in the district of each award winner.

The League of Minnesota Cities is a membership organization dedicated to helping cities throughout Minnesota build quality communities through effective advocacy, expert analysis, trusted guidance and collective action.

The league serves its more than 830 members through advocacy, education and training, policy development, risk management and other services.

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