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CVG airport board could expand

The board that oversees the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport could expand. (FOX19 NOW/file) The board that oversees the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport could expand. (FOX19 NOW/file)
. - Efforts to restructure the board that oversees the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport could progress Wednesday.

 Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen called for changes to the CVG board after a full review months ago, claiming it "has served as a political appendage for the Kenton County judge-executive" for too long.

State Sen. John Schickel (R-Union) amended KY House Bill 59  http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/15RS/HB59.htm to include language that would overhaul the board by expanding the seats from seven to 13.

The measure received a first read in the Senate and was referred to the Senate Transportation Committee, which meets at 10 a.m. Wednesday. 
 
"Auditor Edelen is hopeful that a piece of legislation that would bring real reform to an asset that is so important to the region and the Commonwealth is still alive. He has said on a number of occasions that the status quo is unacceptable," said spokeswoman Stephenie Hoelscher.
 
 If the bill becomes law, Kenton County's judge-executive could appoint eight of the new representatives rather than the full board, as he or she does now. 

Boone County, where the airport is located, would receive two voting seats, Campbell County would get one seat, and Kentucky's governor would fill the final spot.  
 
House Bill 59 needs to pass out of Senate Transportation Committee Wednesday to proceed.

The bill would need a full vote of the Kentucky Senate on Monday when members come back from a 10-day break.   

A full Kentucky Senate vote would also need to pass, which sends it back to State House of Representatives for a concurrence vote.

As the board potentially expands, Delta flights out of CVG are decreasing. The airport has confirmed that Delta will reduce service to several cities nationwide by Summer 2015.

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