Dallas Council Unanimously Approves Wright Resolution

The City Council passed a resolution asking Congress to postpone action on the controversial Wright Amendment until after June 14.

Wednesday, Johnson said in an interview, "Jeb Hensarling and I both agreed with the Dallas mayor that we would kind of lay low until the first of June. I don't think that anything's going to happen [in Congress] until then anyway." Wright Amendment debate has been stalled in the House and Senate.

The Fort Worth and Dallas councils offered contrasting styles in their resolution debates.

Tuesday, the Fort Worth council held its discussion behind closed doors in an executive session, and then talked about the matter for about a minute during its public council session before voting.

The Dallas council talked about the deadline date during an open session for more than 30 minutes Wednesday.

Reached by phone Wednesday, many Fort Worth council members continued to keep close to the vest many of the details from their closed-door session. Moncrief and other council members said simply that the Aug. 1 date was what they were most comfortable with.

Fort Worth Councilwoman Becky Haskin said she still considers the impending negotiating process a "mystery." She said Moncrief told the council in closed-door session that the two mayors would have to talk again after the councils passed their resolutions before knowing when meetings would be opened up to more people.

"It's very simple: They're just going to get back together and talk," Haskin said Wednesday. "It stays that general."

Miller told her council Wednesday that a road map for how to conduct the negotiations would become more clear as soon as everyone breaks up into small group meetings.

But she didn't say when those meetings would start, who they would include or what they would center on.

"Everybody will know exactly every step of the way where we are in the process," she said. "I don't want to get into those details here, but I just wanted to share with you that's going to occur."

Miller called Hutchison on Tuesday to ask about the importance of the June 1 date that Hensarling and Johnson tried to lay down, but Hutchison said the mayor should decide on her own timetable.

"I don't think it's that important," Hutchison said. "Progress has to be made. Having a deadline is good, and I expect the two members of the delegation to keep their word and not be pushing for something during this time. Whatever time that is it, I think they need to show good faith."

In an interview, Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth, said she was dubious on the idea of a regional authority, which critics say would not solve the Wright Amendment issue by itself.

"Anything involving a regional airport authority would have to be 50-50 participation between the two cities," she said. "I wouldn't be interested in anything else. I haven't seen much movement on that."

She also said "I think there'll be a huge fight" to include Fort Worth's Alliance industrial airport in a regional authority.

Staff writer Trebor Banstetter contributed to this report.

Fort Worth Star Telegram

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