State representative lived rent-free in lobbyist's house

State representative lived rent-free in lobbyist's house

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A newspaper is reporting that state Rep. Curry Todd lived rent-free in the Nashville home of a prominent lobbyist for an undisclosed amount of time in 2011.

The Tennesseean (http://tnne.ws/VjPL9G ) said Friday that Todd acknowledged he stayed in the home but would not clarify how long he lived there.

State ethics law forbids lobbyists from providing gifts, including housing, to lawmakers.

The lobbyist, Chuck Welch, regularly worked on legislative issues that passed through the House State and Local Government Committee, which the Todd chaired until he was removed in late 2011.

The Collierville Republican was arrested in October 2011 after failing a roadside sobriety test. A loaded .38-caliber gun was found stuffed between the driver's seat and center console.

He pleaded guilty in January to drunken driving and gun charges.

Welch did not respond to the newspaper's request for comment.

 

Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

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