The League of Minnesota Cities has selected 32 state lawmakers, including Sen. Ron Latz, D-St. Louis Park, as legislators of distinction for 2017.
The honor is intended to recognize legislators for specific actions that aided efforts of Minnesota cities during the past year’s legislative session.
The league’s board of directors annually approves the list. The board seeks 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, according to a statement from the league.
To be eligible for the 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.
The league recognized Latz for convening a stakeholder meeting on email retention, listening to what local governments are currently doing to safeguard official records and for committing to work with stakeholders in the future on the issue. He was also the author of the league-supported “This Old House/Shop” bill and secured bipartisan authors on the bill. Latz asked for city positions as legislation was being debated and discussed during this year’s session.
Latz represents St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Golden Valley, Plymouth and Medicine Lake in the Minnesota Senate.
A complete list of the honorees can be found at lmc.org/lod.