Virginia House Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford), Majority Leader M. Kirkland "Kirk" Cox (R-Colonial Heights), Caucus Chairman Timothy D. Hugo (R-Fairfax) and Majority Whip Jackson H. Miller (R-Manassas) released the following statement Tuesday: "We agree with both Governor McDonnell and Attorney General Cuccinelli that serious steps need to be taken to reform Virginia's disclosure and transparency laws. As we have previously stated, we are committed to seeking the strong reforms necessary to guarantee the integrity of that system.
"While we share the goals of the Attorney General, we believe it is in the best interests of the Commonwealth to consider reforms during the 2014 regular session, a short five months from now. These are very complicated and serious issues that deserve our full and undivided attention. Addressing them during a regular session will allow us to carefully consider each proposal, gather input and feedback, and move forward in a responsible manner.
"We look forward to working with both the Governor and the Attorney General on this important issue in the weeks and months ahead."