Bryant, Reeves seek Jackson airport ruling

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The Jackson Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport

Two of the state’s top Republican leaders want a federal judge to rule on a case about legislation that would give control of the Jackson airport to state officials.

Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, through federal court filings, have asked for a judgment on the case.

During the 2016 session, lawmakers approved legislation that would replace the five-member board of commissioners selected by Jackson officials with a nine-member commission appointed by the governor, lieutenant governor and supervisors in Madison and Rankin counties as well as Jackson officials.

A Jackson resident and, eventually, the city sued to block the bill from taking effect. Reeves also filed a separate motion asking to dismiss the case.