State Sen. David Hoyle ribbed state Sen. Clark Jenkins at today’s meeting of the Senate Finance Committee, waving a cartoon by the News & Observer’s Dwane Powell that lampooned legislation close to Jenkins’ heart.
But Jenkins got the last laugh.
The committee was about to approve SB 1695, sponsored by the Edgecombe County Democrat, to allow longer trucks and wider boats on North Carolina highways.
“A little cartoon about our dear friend, Sen. Jenkins,” Hoyle said with
a chuckle. “He’d be glad to sign it for you any time, and frame it.”
Jenkins defended his bill against safety concerns expressed by the Highway Patrol and reported Wednesday in the N&O. After the committee endorsed his bill unanimously and sent it to the Senate floor, Jenkins took the microphone one more time.
“If someone would like for me to enter on the floor of the Senate an
amendment restricting The News & Observer from using 53-foot
trailers to deliver their product to downtown Raleigh, I’d be glad to
do so,” Jenkins said to applause and laughter in the crowded meeting
room. “Because they’re doing it now.”
Later Jenkins said someone “that had an interest in this bill” visited
The N&O building in downtown Raleigh this week and spotted a
53-foot-long tractor trailer making a delivery.
Jim Puryear, N&O vice president for circulation, said The N&O has no trucks more than 48 feet long.
“We can’t confirm whether somebody brought us something on a truck that
was longer than 48 feet. If it was, it wasn’t a News & Observer
truck,” Puryear said.