Tuesday, January 10 2012 12:52 PM EST2012-01-10 17:52:39 GMT
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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV-AP) -
Rep. Curry Todd has stepped down from his post as chairman of the powerful House State and Local Government Committee following his arrest last week.
Todd, R-Collierville, was arrested last Tuesday by Metro police on charges of drunken driving and possession of a gun while under the influence.
Todd said in a statement Monday: "Today, I told Speaker Harwell that I would step aside as Chairman of the House State and Local Government Committee until this matter is resolved and she has accepted it. The Committee's work is an important aspect of the General Assembly and I do not want my actions to distract from that."
House Speaker Beth Harwell also released a statement Monday: "Representative Todd has submitted to me his resignation as the Chairman of the House State and Local Government Committee. He indicated he does not want to distract from the work that must be done, and I appreciate his willingness to step aside so that we may focus on legislative business."
Last Thursday, Todd resigned as chairman of a special firearms task force in the Tennessee House.
House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick told Channel 4 that the task force has been postponed indefinitely to allow lawmakers to focus on economic development.
Todd was a chief architect of a controversial new state law that allows people with handgun carry permits to be armed in bars and restaurants that serve alcohol.