For complete details on these amendments and other Charter Commission agenda items, see the Legislative Information Management System.
Charter amendment proposal to change the composition of the City Council (CH2019-00005)
A proposal to amend the City Council election method from a single member district system to a plurality district and at-large system by reducing the number of wards from 13 to 9 and creating four at-large Council seats.
Police Department charter amendment (2018-00802)
A proposed charter amendment by ordinance from the City Council, to be submitted to the voters, amending Article VII, Section 7.3 of the City Charter relating to Administration: Police, pertaining to the authority of the Mayor to establish, maintain, and command the Police Department, and giving the Mayor and City Council shared authority over the Police Department.
Biennial budget process charter amendment (2018-01413)
The Charter requires the Mayor to submit a budget to Council annually no later than August 15 of each year. A proposed charter amendment instead required the Mayor to submit a biennial (two-year) budget to the Council no later than August 30 of each even numbered year, for the following two years. The proposed charter amendment by ordinance required a unanimous vote by City Council, but failed on Aug 23, 2019.
Debt for capital expenditures charter amendment (2018-00523)
A amendment by ordinance to the Minneapolis City Charter amending Article IX, Section 9.4 relating to Finance: Debt, increasing limits on borrowing for capital expenditures and permit the combination of charter and state borrowing authority, was adopted unanimously on Aug. 31 2018.
Liquor area and spacing restrictions charter amendment (2018-00753)
On July 11, 2018, the Charter Commission unanimously voted to recommend a proposed amendment to the Minneapolis City Charter, Article IV, Section 4.l(f), which removed language from the City Charter pertaining to restrictions on the sale of liquor and the issuance of liquor licenses, be submitted to the qualified voters of the City of Minneapolis at the general election to be held November 6, 2018.
On November 6, 2018, Minneapolis residents voted on the ballot question, "Shall the Minneapolis City Charter be amended to remove from the City Charter the area and spacing requirements pertaining to liquor licenses?" The question needed a minimum of 55% "Yes" votes in order to be adopted. The amendment passed with 129,602 votes (72.03%).
Committee for Professional Policing: Mandating Professional Liability Insurance for Minneapolis Police Officers (2016-00888)
In 2016, a petition related to a mandate for police officers to carry professional liability insurance was transmitted to the City Council for its consideration.
July 22, 2016, the City Council directed the City Attorney to prepare a legal opinion as to whether the petition presented proper subjects the city charter under applicable law and to draft proposed ballot language for each petition. A legal opinions and draft ballot language was posted to the City’s website on July 28, 2016.
On August 3, 2016, the Committee of the Whole considered the legal opinion of the City Attorney and concurred in the legal findings that the subject was not proper for a charter amendment.
Based on those actions, the City Council adopted resolutions declaring the petition to be improper subjects for charter amendments and directed the City Clerk to not submit the petitions as ballot questions to the electorate as part of the 2016 General Election.
Following the Council’s actions, representatives of the petition group filed suit in Hennepin County District Court contesting the City’s action to deny submission of the petitions as ballot questions. The district court upheld the City’s decision.
- Text of Proposed Liability Insurance Charter Amendment
- Full legislative history, File 2016-00888
- City Attorney Legal Opinion on Professional Liability Insurance
- DRAFT Language for a Ballot Question on Professional Liability Insurance
- Actions by the Committee of the Whole (Aug. 3, 2016)
- Resolution 2016R-317
- Hennepin County District Court Order, Court File No. 27-CV-16-11839
- Minnesota State Supreme Court Order, A16-1379
Vote 15Now MN Committee: Establishing a $15/hour minimum wage in Minneapolis (2016-01013)
In 2016, a petition related to establishing a municipal minimum wage was transmitted to the City Council for its consideration.
July 22, 2016, the City Council directed the City Attorney to prepare legal opinion as to whether the petition presented a proper subject the city charter under applicable law and to draft proposed ballot language for each petition. The legal opinion and draft ballot language were posted to the City’s website on July 28, 2016.
On August 3, 2016, the Committee of the Whole considered the legal opinions of the City Attorney and concurred in the legal findings that the subjects of the petition was not proper for a charter amendment.
With respect to the issue of a municipal minimum wage, the City Council further directed staff to develop proposals for the Committee of the Whole and present recommendations in early 2017 to increase the minimum wage by ordinance. This directive was an extension of action taken in April 2015 when the City Council adopted a resolution committing the City to study the effects of establishing a minimum wage, both locally and regionally.
Following the Council’s actions, representatives of the petition group filed suit in Hennepin County District Court contesting the City’s action to deny submission of the petitions as ballot questions. On the question of a minimum wage set in the city charter, the district court found in favor of the petitioners and ordered the question to be submitted to the electorate.
Subsequently, the decision of the district court was appealed to the Minnesota Supreme Court; see case number A16-1367 captioned Tyler Vasseur, et al. v. City of Minneapolis, et al. (minimum wage). The MN Supreme Court reversed the decision and the proposed charter amendment was not on the ballot for the 2016 General Election.
- Text of Proposed Minimum Wage Charter Amendment
- Full legislative history, File 2016-01013
- City Attorney Legal Opinion on Minimum Wage
- DRAFT Language for a Ballot Question on Minimum Wage
- Actions by the Committee of the Whole (Aug. 3, 2016)
- Resolution 2016R-316
- Adopted Ballot language
- Staff Direction on minimum wage (2016A-0595)
- Hennepin County District Court Order, Court File No. 27-CV-16-11794
- Minnesota State Supreme Court Order, A16-1367
- Minnesota State Supreme Court Opinion
Last updated Sep 4, 2019