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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina House is set to take up a bill transferring control of Charlotte Douglas International Airport from the city to an independent board.

The House Transportation Committee will debate a bill Tuesday that would hand management of US Airways’ top hub to a 13-member authority made up of appointees from Charlotte, five surrounding counties, the state legislature and the governor. Two of those members would come from Charlotte, which has drawn criticism from opponents in the city who want a greater role in any future board.

The Senate already passed its version of the bill. House Speaker Thom Tillis, who represents a Charlotte suburb, has said he’s willing to give the city a bigger voice in his chamber’s version of the bill.

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