One of our very own General Assembly members agrees with the billboard industry that trees around billboards are getting too uppity. To solve this growing problem, he's introduced legislation that would double the space in front of a billboard in which trees can be cut. Double it. Do you recall the last time you were driving down the highway and had less than a completely unobstructed view of the Cracker Barrel billboard?
Rep. Nelson Cole, a Reidsville Democrat who is pushing the change, said he wants to help the billboard industry and companies that use the signs to advertise.
"It's unfair to private industry, private corporations that support our economy, to restrict them from cutting to the extent that their product can't be seen," he said.
Cole, a retired automobile dealer, received $1,000 from the billboard industry political action committee in March, according to records filed with the State Board of Elections.
Also: "Under the bill, companies would also be freed from paying to replace trees they cut down in the right of way."
Sheesh. The bill is H1827. Here's a list of Finance Committee members. If your Representative is on the list, tell him or her to kill this sucker and quick. Mine is, and I did.
Meets Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays at 8:30 am in 544
|Vice Chairman||Rep. Daughtridge|
|Vice Chairman||Rep. Hill|
|Vice Chairman||Rep. Ross|
|Vice Chairman||Rep. Weiss|
|Vice Chairman||Rep. Womble|
|Members||Rep. B. Allen, Rep. Blackwood, Rep. Blust, Rep. Bordsen, Rep. Capps, Rep. Carney, Rep. Dockham, Rep. England, Rep. Faison, Rep. Fisher, Rep. Folwell, Rep. Glazier, Rep. Goforth, Rep. Hackney, Rep. Harrell, Rep. Holliman, Rep. Insko, Rep. Jones, Rep. Lewis, Rep. Lucas, Rep. McGee, Rep. Rayfield, Rep. Underhill, Rep. Vinson, Rep. Walend, Rep. Wiley|