The Charter Commission created the proposal to establish an “Executive Mayor-Legislative Council” structure. The goal was to define and clarify executive and legislative responsibilities.
See Charter Commission’s final report on the amendment
The Charter Commission:
- Defined how the Charter would change
- Drafted and approved the ballot language
- Sent it to the City Council for its approval
City Attorney review
The City Attorney's Office found the amendment to be:
- A proper subject for the Minneapolis Charter
- Constitutional and in compliance with the law
- Suitable for a general election ballot question
City Council adoption
After several revisions, the City Council adopted the following ballot question:
"Shall the Minneapolis City Charter be amended to adopt a change in its form of government to an Executive Mayor-Legislative Council structure to shift certain powers to the Mayor, consolidating administrative authority over all operating departments under the Mayor, and eliminating the Executive Committee?"
See the final approved government structure ballot language
- The question appeared on the November 2021 ballot.
- Voters approved it, with 52.41% voting yes.
- That proposal (Charter Amendment No. 184) becomes effective Dec. 3, 2021.
For more details, see the legislative file:
Proposal to amend the City Charter: Government Structure: Executive mayor - legislative council