A group of clergy is gathered to oppose the Senate‚Äôs plan to takeover control of the Atlanta airport.  

After the Georgia Senate passed legislation that would create the Georgia Major Airport Authority, a board appointed by state officials to oversee operations at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, city officials and stakeholders are organizing opposition. 

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is currently owned and operated by the City of Atlanta. 

Republican state Sen. Burt Jones of Jackson introduced the legislation. He said state control is needed because of corruption issues in the procurement process. Critics of the plan say those issues involved past administrations and that Bottoms, who assumed office last year, has taken steps to reform the process. 

The bill is with the House for consideration. 

On Monday, March 23 the group Concerned Black Clergy held a meeting to demand that the state leave the airport under the control of the city of Atlanta.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.