Push for vote on St. Louis airport privatization moves to state legislature

A new bill before the state legislature would allow St. Louis residents to vote on whether to privatize St. Louis Lambert International Airport.

State Rep. Bruce Franks, D-St. Louis, has introduced the bill after the city’s Board of Aldermen rejected a citywide vote.

Although he prefers allowing the city to make its own decisions, Franks, an opponent of privatization, said a state intervention may be the best way to ensure residents get a say in the matter.

Franks will need to gain Republican support in Jefferson City to pass his bill. He has yet to do so, but remains hopeful that he can.

St. Louis Alderman Cara Spencer, who sponsored the ballot measure at the city level, plans to reintroduce the bill before the Board of Aldermen in the new aldermanic session, which begins April 16.

A group called STL: Not for Sale is collecting signatures for a petition to put the airport privatization to a citywide vote.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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