NC Lawmakers Moving on Charlotte Airport Shift


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina legislative leaders are ready to move forward again on a bill transferring control of Charlotte's airport away from the city to an independent panel after efforts to create a study panel disintegrated.

The House Finance Committee scheduled debate Wednesday morning on a measure to shift governance of Charlotte Douglas International Airport to a proposed regional authority.

The Charlotte Observer reported ( ) Tuesday that GOP lawmakers decided to continue with the transfer after city officials balked at an offer to join a proposed study commission. New Charlotte Mayor Patsy Kinsey says the commission's composition was lopsided so that its recommendation was predisposed to a regional authority.

The city has operated the airport for more than 70 years.

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