from Times Dispatch:
"This thing has just got everyone tied up in knots," said Houck, facing Republican Chris Yakabouski for a seventh term. "It's a bad idea, and it hasn't gotten any better. Don't amend it; don't fix it; don't tinker with it. Just get it the heck out of there."
Houck recognizes that citizens are outraged over the abuser fees- and that it requires more than lip service and "wait and see" positions to correct the problem.
"Drive a Stake In Its Heart"
Houck said the legislature could scuttle the penalties when it returns to Richmond in January. He said he would favor a pre-election special session of the General Assembly only to "drive a stake in its heart," but the business of the session would have to be limited to the fees.
A number of top Democrats have urged repeal, but Houck's request to the Division of Legislative Services represents a further sharpening of distinctions between his party and the Republican majority, which pushed for the fees as an alternative to higher taxes for transportation.