Jackson Municipal Airport Authority announced it's taking the state to court over control of the Jackson Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport. MPB's Desare Frazier reports.
The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority says it's filing a lawsuit to prevent the state from taking the airport away from the City of Jackson. JMAA says a Federal Aviation Administration policy requires the city's consent or a resolution of the dispute, before the law can take effect July 1st. Chairwoman of JMAA's Board of Commissioners Rosie Pridgen.
"No one every consulted the board, ever talked to the board, ever had any questions, concerns, issues that we could have potentially address," said Pridgen.
Pridgen made the announcement with Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber and lawmakers who fought against Senate Bill 2162. Senator John Horhn, a Democrat from Jackson says the state can't just take the airport.
"When we think about Senate Bill 2162, we think about unfairness, unjustness and an attempt to take away the dignity of the City of Jackson, by removing it's most valuable asset," said Horhn.
Republican Senator Josh Harkins of Flowood, authored the bill, which Governor Phil Byrant signed last month. He stands by the law.
"The municipalities are a creature of the state. This authority was created by the legislature. It's our right and we have the ability to change that and that's what we've done," said Harkins.
The law dissolves the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority and creates a nine member board, which includes some appointments by the governor and lieutenant governor.