KIRO7 News - Graham Johnson

The debate over a new Puget Sound airport is about to get a lot more heated.

On Monday, state lawmakers returned to work and are expected to get an earful in the months ahead about the idea of building a new airport about the size of Sea-Tac Airport.

A state commission is due to recommend a single site for a new airport by June 15.

Last year, commissioners narrowed the list to two sites in Pierce County and one in Thurston County.

Separately, state transportation officials are studying a fourth site near Enumclaw.

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