Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms opposes a state effort to take control of Hartsfield-Jackson Airport HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
“I hope we have a plan. I asked for it and I didn’t get it,” Dickens said, as he and some other council members scrambled on Wednesday to coordinate with the mayor’s administration on the matter. “We still have a fight to have.”
"Moving forward we'll have greater communication," Taylor said. "Everyone's voice is needed."
The bill would provide an out from a state airport takeover— if the city and the Georgia General Assembly agree on a "joint governance plan" by July 2020, in which case the airport takeover act would be repealed.
State Sen. Burt Jones, R-Jackson, said he sponsored the bill in response to a federal corruption investigation into Atlanta City Hall and lawsuits over the years alleging steering of airport contracts.
“Unfortunately, there have been some people that have taken advantage of that elected post... where they’ve given out political favors and lucrative contracts to family members and friends,” Jones said. “And in some cases you gotta question whether or not they’re qualified to do the jobs they’ve been asked to do.”
“You have to have a structure that stands on its own, and it could be a city/state structure,” Jones said. “They’ve got to reach out and bring forth a concept or an idea, instead of just showing up at committee meetings to fight it.”