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Blues legend Bobby Rush joins Hinds County leaders to petition Jackson airport takeover

Bobby Rush signs petition (Source: Jacqueline Berry) Bobby Rush signs petition (Source: Jacqueline Berry)
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Bluesman and Jackson resident Bobby Rush recently took time after a performance to sign a petition opposing the state’s attempt to takeover Jackson’s airports.

He joined elected officials, clergy, and citizens supporting the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority’s petition to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The JMAA wants the federal agency to deny an airport operating certificate to the new regional airport authority that Mississippi lawmakers sought to create by passing Senate Bill 2162.

On May 4, Gov. Phil Bryant signed the bill into law. However, a new board won’t be seated unless the FAA approves it as an “eligible airport sponsor” and issues an airport operating certificate.

The FAA issued the certificate to the City of Jackson in 1973.

The JMAA Board of Commissioners is asking citizens and anyone opposed to the state government’s hostile takeover to help them reach a goal of 10,000 signatures by May 25. Petitions will be shared with the FAA’s administrator in Washington, D.C.

“We appreciate citizens, community leaders, and elected officials taking action to support a financially solvent asset that’s contributing to the economic development of the city and state,” said Dr. Rosie L.T. Pridgen, chairman of the JMAA Board of Directors.

On May 2, the Hinds County Board of Supervisors voted in favor of supporting the FAA Petition and signed it along with clergy and leaders of Central Mississippi Churches. Anyone interested in circulating the petition or signing it may download a copy by visiting www.jmaaworks.com, or click the link on the site to sign the e-petition.

Under the proposed board in SB 2162, the mayor of Jackson only appoints one of the nine commissioners, and that appointee's term is shorter than other appointees. Hinds County would not have an appointee.  Yet, the two adjoining counties would have a representative on the new board, if it is seated.

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