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On this edition of Political Rewind, it's the final days of the 2019 legislative session and some bills are moving at light speed while others are fighting howling headwinds.  Are some Republicans losing heart in supporting the heartbeat abortion bill?  Just what is a Frankenbill and how has it been weaponized to protect a state takeover of Hartsfield Jackson Airport?  How has the bill allowing production and distribution of medical marijuana coming down from what appeared to be a big high?  

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

As Atlanta city officials wait to see if control of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is given to the state, the senator who introduced the legislation defended doing so.

Republican Sen. Burt Jones is the sponsor of Senate Bill 131. It would create the Georgia Major Airport Authority. That group, would take over control of any airport that “conducts more than 400,000 takeoffs and landing in any calendar year.”

Aerial view of Atlanta airport in 1927
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State lawmakers are debating a bill to seize control of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport from the city of Atlanta.

It generates more than $30 billion in annual economic impact for the city, and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has called the potential seizure an “act of war.”

Atlanta came to own the airport nearly a century ago.


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The city of Atlanta is looking at a way to pay TSA employees ahead of Super Bowl 53.

Speaking Wednesday on WBUR’s "Here and Now," Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said the city is working with a credit union and corporate partners to provide loans to TSA agents as many of them are asked to work without pay. 

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On this edition of "Political Rewind," the Public Service Commission is about to make a momentous decision that will hit Georgia Power customers in the pocketbook and influence the future of nuclear power across the country. Will the PSC uphold Georgia Power’s plan to continue construction of the troubled Plant Vogtle? Will the commission approve a power company proposal to increase the surcharge customers are already paying for building the nuclear plant? Plus, we’ll look at the fallout from the blackout at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport.