RALEIGH After what one sponsor called an impasse with the city of Charlotte, the House Transportation Committee Tuesday passed a bill to create a new Charlotte airport authority.
The bill, only slightly modified from an original Senate version, is expected to go to the Finance Committee and then the House floor. It would create an authority if and when it passes.
Critics tried to slow down a bill that Democratic Rep. Rodney Moore of Charlotte said would cut the guts out of the city of Charlotte.
Tuesdays passage represented a failure between lawmakers and the city to reach a compromise. Several lawmakers and two city council members took part in a Thursday conference call with Speaker Thom Tillis, a Cornelius Republican.
Right now were at an impasse, a point where negotiations have pretty much stopped, Republican Bill Brawley of Matthews, the lead House sponsor, told the panel.
Brawley and other supporters alluded to the results of a study by a consultant hired by the city. The study concluded that an authority would be the best way to run the airport, which has prospered under city control.
It did not say overnight, said Charlotte Democratic Rep. Becky Carney. There are some huge issues. What are the untended consequences?
Brawley said later the door to compromise is still open, as long as the city accepts the idea of an authority.
Were still talking, he said after the meeting. Ill take their call. The authoritys been decided. Do they want to be at the table to design it? Thats still out there.
City Manager Ron Carlee, who briefly spoke to the panel, said he doesnt believe the sides are far apart.
I would hope that if the city doesnt shut the door on conversations nobody in the General Assembly shuts the door.
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