A bill that would change the make up of the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority has made it out of a Senate Committee and now heads to the full Senate.
Tuesday night Senator Josh Harkins told us by a vote of 5-2 SB 2162 moved out of the Accountability, Efficiency and Transparency (AET) Committee and will go to the full Senate in about a week. The deadline is next Thursday.
Under the proposed legislation Harkins says the city of Jackson will not lose any revenue from sales or property taxes. Under the proposal, the Board of Supervisors for Rankin and Madison Counties would appoint one member each to the Airport Authority, the Mayor of Jackson and City Council would name one member. Governor Phil Bryant would have two at large appointments and Lt. Governor Tate Reeves would choose one at large member.
Other state leaders would also make appointments, including the head of the Mississippi Development Authority and Mississippi’s Adjutant General, Augustus Collins.
Harkins says he believes there is enough support to pass the legislation in the Senate.