Publications and Resources
The City publishes a variety of resource materials that enable residents to track the legislative process. The most significant of these legislative resources materials are identified below. Accessing these publications requires the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. Printed copies of all these materials are available from the Office of City Clerk, Room 304 – City Hall, 350 South Fifth Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415.
Minneapolis City Charter
The City Charter is the “constitution” of the City of Minneapolis, a delegation of the governing authority by the State of Minnesota to be exercised at the local level. Through the City Charter, the community has established and maintains a municipal corporation—the City Government—to provide for the common good, safety, and welfare of its people. At a high level, the City Charter establishes the corporate boundaries of the City; defines the authority and powers of the City Government; establishes its operating structure; provides for its officers, the manner of their election and terms in office; and specifies the processes through which policies, regulations, and actions of the government are to be made, implemented, and enforced.
Minneapolis Code of Ordinances
The Code of Ordinances is a carefully organized collection of the local laws, regulations, and policies enacted under home rule authority to govern the City of Minneapolis. The Code is arranged by subject matter in separate titles that are further divided into chapters and sections. For example, there are separate titles within the Code to address taxes, fire and police protection, building and construction, traffic, zoning, and land use.
Calendar & Agendas
The Council & Committees Calendar provides a listing of dates and times of all regular meetings scheduled for the year. Copies are posted to the bulletin boards outside the offices of City Council and City Clerk at City Hall.
An agenda is prepared for every meeting listing all matters to be presented. After each meeting, a “marked agenda” is published which indicates the action taken or decision made on each matter presented. Meeting agendas are posted to the City website and to bulletin boards outside the offices of City Council and City Clerk at City Hall, generally 24 hours prior to the scheduled meeting. Marked agendas are generally posted within one business day after the meeting adjourned. Individuals may register to receive regular updates and copies of all meeting agendas. Sign up to receive Council agendas.
City Council Rules
The Rules of Order prescribe the operating framework and procedures through which the City Council and its Standing Committees take action or make decisions. The City Council has adopted Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised, as its parliamentary authority, and its Rules are based on the rules and procedures based in this recognized authority.
The Journal of Proceedings is the definitive, legal record of acts, orders, and judgments made by the City Council and the business transacted on behalf of the City Government. The proceedings provide a parliamentary chronology of all actions on every matter, from introduction through final disposition, and the vote thereon. This publication shows all motions, lists all introductions and referrals, records all votes, and notes other actions taken by the City Council. As required by the City Charter, a summarized version of the Journal is published in the City’s official newspaper (Finance & Commerce) to give greater publicity throughout the community to these actions and decisions.
The legislative glossary provides definitions for some of the most common terms and acronyms.
Last updated May 7, 2014