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City "disappointed" with bill that would hand Charlotte-Douglas to airport authority


Officials with the city of Charlotte say they are disappointed after the North Carolina House has passed a bill that would create an airport authority to oversee Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.

The state Senate passed the bill back in March but its fast track to becoming law slowed a bit after the city commissioned a study on the best type of governance structure for the airport last spring.

The city's study concluded that the airport would best be run by an authority but not the way it was structured in the current bill.

The House passed the bill 72-42 on second reading. A third reading will be held but it is more of a formality.

"The City of Charlotte is disappointed in the General Assembly's swift action in the second reading of a bill that is unnecessary and not in the best interest on the airport," the city released in a statement on Thursday.

"By rushing the bill the General Assembly is confirming City Council's fears that the intent of the General Assembly all along has been to implement an airport authority, regardless of whether this is the best business decision for the airport," the statement continued.  

"As outlined in her letter along with several phone conversations with General Assembly members, Mayor Patsy Kinsey has indicated a different pathway that would reach the right business decisions and avoid unnecessary conflict."

City officials then "implored" the General Assembly to defer consideration of the legislation and let the City put practices and structures in place to address the business needs of the airport.

The bill is expected to be sent to the governor's desk where the governor can sign it into law, veto it, or choose not to sign it where if that's the case would be come law.

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