Committee studying Atlanta airport takeover schedules first meeting
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March 20, 2015 - Atlanta - Senators, including Senator Burt Jones, vote on the budget. The Senate gave its blessing to a state budget for the upcoming year, with millions for bridge and transit projects, nursing homes and doctors, big raises for judges and smaller ones for state employees. The spending plan includes several items aimed to respond to complaints that minority-owned businesses are virtually shut out of DOT contracts. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM
The Senate study committee, created by resolution during this year's legislative session, will also consider the possibility of adding a second airport for the region, according to study committee chairman State Sen. Burt Jones, R-Jackson.
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The first meeting is scheduled for Aug. 22 at 10 a.m. at the State Capitol, and Jones said the committee will likely hold several more meetings before preparing a report by December.
Jones said the committee will seek to answer three questions: Does it benefit the state? Will the Federal Aviation Administration approve it? And, how much would it cost to restructure the airport’s bonds?
Business reporter Kelly Yamanouchi covers airlines and the airport including Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines, one of the world's largest carriers, and Hartsfield-Jackson, the world's busiest airport. She has covered airlines for about 20 years, graduated from Harvard and has a master's degree from Northwestern.