Legislator of the Year



BATC’s Legislators of the Year Award are given to members of the Minnesota Legislature who have championed the advancement of our policy agenda and legislative priorities. The legislators work closely with BATC to introduce or support legislation or amendments that advance our legislative goals. The award is given only when a deserving Legislator is identified, and there can be more than one recipient in any given year.

Winners were announced at the BATC Building Industry Gala – The BIG Night on October 26, 2017.
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2017 Legislator of the Year Award Winners



Representative Dennis Smith & Senator Dan Hall


During the 2017 legislative session Senator Hall and Representative Smith championed legislation that will have a positive impact for Minnesota’s housing industry for years to come.


Establishing a public notice for housing moratorium has been a housing industry priority for nearly a decade. Thanks to the leadership of Senator Hall during the legislative session, municipalities are now required to provide a 10-day notice before enacting a moratorium related to housing.


A healthy housing market includes a wide variety of options to meet the market needs. For many years, the condo/townhome market faced barriers due to the states’ construction defect laws. Thanks to legislation carried by Representative Smith, many of those barriers have been removed and condo/townhome development is growing. 





Past Winners

2016    Senator Melisa Franzen

2016    Representative Jim Nash

2015    Representative Bob Vogel

2014    Senator LeRoy Stumpf 
    Representative Michael Nelson
2012    Representative Mike Beard
2012    Senator Warren Limmer
2012    Representative Joyce Peppin
2012    Senator David Senjem





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