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Minneapolis Charter Commission votes to keep 1 police reform question off the ballot

The Commission will decide on the other proposed amendment next week.

The Minneapolis Charter Commission on Wednesday voted to keep one proposal to reform the city's police department off the November ballot. It will vote on another proposal next week. 

Wednesday's vote diminishes the chance Minneapolis residents will get to weigh in this year on how to reform the Minneapolis Police Department following George Floyd's death on May 25. 

The commission voted 8-6 to not refer an amendment proposal to voters as a ballot question on Nov. 3, City Clerk Casey Joe Carl told BMTN on Thursday. The proposal would remove the requirement to maintain a minimum staffing level in the Minneapolis Police Department based on the city's population.

According to the Star Tribune, this proposal is viewed as the simpler of the two that are being considered as ballot questions this year. 

The other amendment proposal would eliminate the requirement for the city to have a police department, with the city instead having a broader community safety department that may or may not include officers.

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This proposal was written by five Minneapolis City Council members and will be voted on next week. The Charter Commission's public safety work group will meet Tuesday, with the full Charter Commission expected to vote on whether to accept, reject or offer a substitute to the amendment on Wednesday, Aug. 5. 

Any action taken by the full Charter Commission at its meeting will be submitted directly to the Policy and Government Oversight Committee at its meeting on Aug. 6 for final review and recommendation for the final disposition on the proposed amendment, Carl said. 

The deadline to submit a ballot question for the Nov. 3 election is Aug. 21, according to the city's website

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