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New version of airport bill due Tuesday

RALEIGH The latest version of a measure to create an independent authority to run Charlotte’s airport will be unveiled Tuesday, a lead sponsor said Thursday.

Rep. Bill Brawley, a Matthews Republican, said the bill will be presented to the House Transportation Committee that he co-chairs.

He declined to say what changes would be incorporated into a bill passed earlier by the Senate.

His comments came two days after House Speaker Thom Tillis convened a conference call with Charlotte city leaders, who continue to oppose any transfer of airport control from the city.

City Council member James Mitchell told the Observer Wednesday, “We all kind of agreed the best way to go forward was to form a study group.”

However, that doesn’t appear to have been a consensus.

“The bottom line is we’re not going to study anymore,” Brawley said Thursday.

The city had wanted a group to study recommendations from consultant Bob Hazel’s study. Hazel said an authority could be the best way to run Charlotte Douglas International Airport, though not necessarily structured as it would be in the Senate-passed bill.

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