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Public hearing on airport authority set for Tuesday

A public hearing on a bill to remove control of Charlotte Douglas International Airport from Charlotte City Council is scheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center uptown.

The meeting will be held in Room 267. Documents about the proposed legislation are available online at http://charmeck.org/city/charlotte/Pages/Airportgovernancestudy.aspx. Members of the public can also send comments online to the city’s consultant, who is studying airport governance.

At Tuesday’s meeting, members of the city’s airport governance study oversight committee will be there to listen to the public’s comments. Members have said they don’t intend to answer questions, however.

The bill is currently awaiting a vote by the N.C. House, the last hurdle before it becomes law. Proposed by State Sen. Bob Rucho and Rep. Bill Brawley, the bill would create a 13-member airport authority board to oversee Charlotte Douglas. The city is fighting the bill, which has won the support of some members of Charlotte’s business community and most of the surrounding counties.

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