RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A plan to transfer control of Charlotte Douglas International Airport from the city to an independent board has cleared another hurdle.
The North Carolina House Transportation Committee on Tuesday approved a bill to hand management of US Airways' top hub to an authority made up of appointees.
Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx and the city council have been fighting the move for months.
Several lawmakers criticized the bill during the committee meeting.
Rep. Rodney Moore of Charlotte called it a takeover. Representative Becky Carney says she's had a lot of heartburn over the bill, which now goes to the House's finance committee.
But Chairman William Brawley says they needed to move forward with the bill to protect the airport's future.
The Senate already passed its version of the bill.