Charter Amendment Proposed by City Council
The Minneapolis City Council has proposed an amendment to the City Charter to be referred to voters at the Nov. 3 election. If approved by voters, the amendment would create a new Community Safety and Violence Prevention Department and remove the Police Department from the Charter. The proposed charter amendment reads as follows:
Community Safety & Violence Prevention Department
Shall the Minneapolis City Charter be amended to provide for the establishment of a new Community Safety & Violence Prevention Department and to remove the Police Department.
Yes __________ No __________
Section 7. This ordinance shall take effect May 1, 2021.
The city council’s current ordinance and proposed revises can be found here.
The proposed charter amendment has been referred to the city’s Charter Commission for its review, as required by state law. The charter commission has decided to hold two virtual public hearings so far:
- Wednesday, July 15, 5 p.m. via City Council TV, the City’s YouTube channel, Comcast Channel 14 or 799, or CenturyLink Channel 8001 or 8501
- Tuesday, July 21, 6 p.m. at the above links.
You can weigh in to the Charter Commission online, participate live by phone by registering with the city in advance here, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or reach the commission by U.S. Mail at Minneapolis Charter Commission, City Hall – Room 304, 350 South Fifth St., Minneapolis, MN 55415.
View the city’s explanation of how the charter, essentially Minneapolis’ “Constitution,” can be amended here. Other charter proposals may also be on the November ballot; read about them and past proposals here. The city answers some frequently asked questions about the charter, the commission, and more here. The deadline to submit a ballot question this year is August 21.
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