By Sean Yoes
AFRO Staff Reporter
The Afro-American Newspapers
Emmett Burns Jr., the delegate representing District 10 in Baltimore County, recently said when he dies, he wants his body flown from Thurgood Marshall Baltimore Washington International Airport in Baltimore to Medgar Evers International Airport in his home state of Mississippi.
Earlier this week, at least one part of Burns' vision has come to fruition. On the last day of this year's legislative session in Annapolis, the Senate passed a bill to rename Baltimore Washington International Airport to BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport.
The Senate vote was 33-13. The House had previously passed its own version of the legislation, HB 189, which was sponsored by Burns. The final amended version of the House bill passed with a 101-31 vote.
"I'm elated. It was an uphill battle from day one and it was uphill until the Senate voted," Burns said the day after the vote.
Sen. Joan Carter Conway (D-Dist. 43) is co-chair of the Committee on Education, Health and Environmental Affairs, which held final hearings on the bill. And although she acknowledges being "very happy" about adding Marshall's name to BWI, she says the battle to make it happen isn't really over.
"I worked really hard to get the bill out of committee. I wasn't confident that it was going to happen. Right now, we know that the airport will be renamed, but we don't have a timetable for when it will happen," said Conway.