City Council to vote on two proposed charter amendments

The City Council has directed the City Attorney’s office to prepare legal opinions on two proposed charter amendments — one establishing a $15 minimum wage in Minneapolis and another requiring police to carry professional liability insurance —for the Council in advance of a vote on the measures Aug. 5.

Both petition drives have secured enough signatures of registered voters in Minneapolis to be considered for ballot measures in the fall. It is up to the Council, however, to determine whether they are appropriate for the ballot in November.

Backers of the $15 minimum wage charter amendment turned in a petition with 17,902 signatures. The City Clerk’s office validated 8,418 of those signatures. They needed 6,869 to move forward through the city’s process.

Proponents of a charter amendment requiring police to carry professional liability insurance have also gathered enough valid signatures after amending an earlier petition that fell short of the requirement.

Supporters of raising the minimum wage in Minneapolis via a charter amendment are proposing increasing it to $15 an hour by 2020 for employers with 500 or more employees and by 2022 for employers with fewer than 500 workers.

The proposal has strong support from low-wage workers but faces opposition from the business community.

The proposed ballot question requiring police officers to carry professional liability insurance comes as police officers are facing increased scrutiny about their use of force.