Governor says he will sign Jackson airport takeover bill

Gov. Phil Bryant said he will sign a measure that will change the Jackson airport board as soon as it hits his desk.

“I think it’s important that we have regional representation for what is, for all practical purposes, a regional airport,” Bryant said. “Hopefully it will generate more revenue for the city of Jackson and its citizens.”

The Mississippi Senate voted 29-14 Wednesday to remove the Jackson-only appointed governing board and replace it with a regional one. The author of the bill, Sen. Josh Harkins, said it is not a power grab measure, but one that brings in more voices about how the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport operates.