- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Republican Gov. Phil Bryant says he will sign a bill to expand the board of Mississippi’s largest airport.

Senate Bill 2162 (https://bit.ly/1RnU1x1 ) will replace the current five-member board appointed by Mayor Tony Yarber with a nine-member Jackson Metropolitan Airport Authority. State officials and two suburban counties would appoint a majority, but five of nine members would have to live in Jackson.

The current board governs Jackson-Medgar Evers International Airport - the largest airport in the state - and the smaller Hawkins Field airport. The new board would also oversee both.

Senators passed the bill last week, but held it for more debate. They removed that hold Wednesday, sending it to Bryant. He says Wednesday that he will sign it.

Yarber and other Jackson leaders object to changing the airport board.

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