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House votes to change Jackson airport board

The Latest on a bill to change the composition of the Jackson airport board (all times local):

3:01 p.m.

The Mississippi House has voted to expand the Jackson airport board by adding members who live outside the city.

Republicans pushing the change say the airport should have a regional board to better represent the customer base it serves.

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Democrats who oppose the expansion say it’s a power grab from Mississippi’s majority-black capital city.

Senate Bill 2162 passed the House 74-46 after a heated debate Thursday. Republicans supported the bill and Democrats opposed it.

The bill passed the Senate on March 3. Because the House made changes, the bill returns to the Senate for more work.

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12:49 p.m.

The Mississippi House is arguing about a bill that would add members to the Jackson airport board.

Republicans pushing the change say the airport should have a regional board to better represent the customer base it serves.

Democrats are digging in against the proposal, with some saying it is an attempt to grab power from Mississippi’s majority-black capital city.

Mayor Tony Yarber and other city officials say Jackson should retain control of the board.

The airport proposal is in Senate Bill 2162 sponsored by Sen. Josh Harkins, a Republican from the Jackson suburb of Flowood.

The bill passed the Senate on March 3. If the House makes changes, as expected, the bill will return to the Senate for more debate.

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