DFL lawmakers and St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell today announced their plan to remove a reference to slavery from the state constitution. In a New Years’ Eve Facebook post, Axtell shared a desire to have the language eliminated. He says the constitution is the guiding document…

“For how we enforce the law and how we serve our communities, so it’s important that the constitution reflects our shared Minnesota values. This isn’t a St. Paul, this isn’t a Minneapolis thing, this it’s a metro thing, this is a state thing.”

The portion that would be amended currently reads “there shall be neither slavery nor involuntary servitude in the state otherwise than as a punishment for a crime of which the party has been convicted. The group is proposing removing the language through a Minnesota Constitutional Amendment in both the state House and Senate.