The Jackson Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport Credit: Google Maps

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.


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Ryan L. Nave, a native of University City, Mo., served as Mississippi Today's editor-in-chief from May 2018 until April 2020. Ryan began his career with Mississippi Today February 2016 as an original member of the editorial team. He became news editor August 2016. Ryan has a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked for Illinois Times and served as news editor for the Jackson Free Press.