The NC Senate Transportation Committee endorsed the new language yesterday, but not without some spectacular whining from Republican Sen. Don East, whose district used to include Watauga:
...East, R-Surry, complained that vegetation had obscured advertising he'd purchased some years ago on a billboard near Boone, within three or four weeks of its having gone up.
East said he responded by asking the billboard's owner for a partial refund. "I wasn't getting what I paid for there," he said.
The only remedy for such injustice, evidently, is a new state-wide law on clear-cutting the roadside.