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And the winner is...

Posted March 11, 2011 4:41 p.m. EST

You may remember the Oxmeter, the "award" bestowed by the Senate on members for bloviation, obfuscation, or just generally carrying on too long, especially on a bill there isn't much debate over.  

Senate Leader Phil Berger handed it out for the first time this session. The winner: Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown, R-Onslow. 

Brown was the sponsor of S110, "Permit Terminal Groins."  

Terminal groins are kind of like jetties - "hardened structures" that protect inlets. They're banned in NC for environmental reasons, but Brown's measure would allow them in limited cases.  It passed easily.

Berger said it was a "difficult decision" for the Oxmeter Committee.  

"After hearing Senator Stevens [on the Red Route bill] today, we felt like maybe his performance actually outdid Senator Brown's," Berger told the Senate. "But the title of his bill actually won the day."