Raleigh, N.C. — There apparently was some sort of peace brokered in the ongoing battle over the Charlotte Douglas International Airport – until suddenly there wasn't.
Here's what happened:
The House Rules Committee met as scheduled at 10:15 a.m. It took up Senate Bill 380, which had become a bill related to the airport. As described by a bill summary, the measure would cancel out legislation passed recently that transferred control of the airport from the city to a new regional commission.
The city is suing to stop that law from taking effect.
The new airport bill would create a different airport commission that would be run "as an agency of the city," which appears to be a huge boon to those who wanted Charlotte to maintain control of the airport.
As committee members began reading through the bill, Rep. Ruth Samuelson, R-Mecklenburg, took to the podium.
"I thought we were working with the city. I thought we were working with the Democrats who represent Mecklenburg County," Samuelson said, delivering the remarks in a tone that suggested that she thought wrong.
"I withdraw the bill," she said, and promptly left the room.
In a phone message later, Samuelson clarified it was the city that withdrew form the negotiation, not her.
"They withdrew it. They pulled out," she said in a voice mail.
Chairman Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, was left a bit nonplussed, saying that he had expected to hear the bill. After casting about for other business to take up, Moore adjourned the meeting.