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Rep. Frank R. Wolf, Virginia Republican, inserted language into an appropriations bill last year that expands the board of directors from 13 to 17 members, allows them to be more easily removed and prevents them from serving beyond their terms.

Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican, appointed two new members in November, but MWAA said D.C. and Virginia must approve the change before the law can take effect. Legislation that would conform Virginia to the federal law is currently working its way through the legislature.