HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The House Labor Committee approved a proposal Tuesday to change how Hawaii's airports are operated.
The proposal calls for a management authority that would be headed by a CEO to run the daily operations of the state's airports.
Some in the airline industry believe state management is a big reason major airport renovation projects are backlogged.
However, the new management proposal has some state worker unions worried about potential job losses and a lack of accountability.
"We want to make sure that it, by default, doesn't become a privatization without a full thorough discussion about it," Rep. Aaron Johanson, House Labor Committee Chair said. "We want to make sure that it by default doesn't become a privatization without a full thorough discussion about it."
The bill now heads to the Finance Committee