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Backers of a proposed charter amendment to disband the Minneapolis Police Department and replace it with a new public safety division are one step closer to getting their proposal on the ballot this November.

What's happening: The "Yes 4 Minneapolis" campaign submitted more than 20,000 voter signatures to the city Friday — at least 8,000 more than the 11,906 needed to qualify for the November ballot.

The details: In addition to creating the new department, the charter amendment would remove the city's current population-based mandatory minimum for sworn police officers.

  • Power to direct the city's public safety division would shift from the mayor to the 13-member City Council.

What's next: City officials will review the petitions to ensure enough signatures are valid to hit the required threshold. The submission also triggers a number of administrative steps:

  1. The Charter Commission will meet this week to accept the petitions.
  2. The City Council will get to work with the city attorney on preparing the actual language voters will encounter on the ballot.
  3. Once approved by the City Council, Mayor Jacob Frey decides whether to sign or veto the language. Frey can't nix the proposal, just the language itself.

The timeline: All the above steps much be completed by late August.

The bottom line: Assuming it clears the necessary hurdles, the public safety amendment will be one of a number of consequential measures up for a vote this November.

  • The Charter Commission has already approved its own proposal to give the mayor more power in city government.
  • Two rent control measure are also in the works.
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Aug 6, 2021 - Axios Denver

How ADUs could help chip away at Denver's affordable housing crisis

Data: Denver's Community Planning and Development Department; Chart: Alayna Alvarez/Axios

Denver City Council member Amanda Sandoval is blazing a new path in the name of affordable housing.

Driving the news: This upcoming Monday, the City Council is expected to approve Sandoval's ordinance to rezone all of Sloan's Lake, along with six properties in West Colfax, to allow accessory dwelling units (also known as granny flats, carriage houses, in-law suites and casitas).

Federal judge says Florida ban on "sanctuary cities" racially motivated

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

A federal judge on Tuesday struck down parts of a Florida law aimed at banning local governments from establishing "sanctuary city" policies, arguing in part that the law is racially motivated and that it has the support of hate groups.

Why it matters: In a 110-page ruling issued Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom said the law — signed and championed by Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) — violates the Constitution's Equal Protection Clause because it was adopted with discriminatory motives.

Biden steps into the breach

Sen. Joe Manchin heads to a meeting with President Biden today. Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

President Biden ramped up the pressure on his fellow Democrats Wednesday, calling a series of lawmakers to the White House in the hope of ending infighting and getting them in line.

Why it matters: Divisions within the party are threatening to derail Biden's top priorities. After several weeks of letting negotiations play out, the president is finally asserting his power to ensure his own party doesn't block his agenda.