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.
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?"
- 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: