Rep. Curry Todd tells House panel he has cancer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- State Rep. Curry Todd has told a House committee that he has a form of incurable cancer.

The Collierville Republican informed colleagues about his condition during a House Commerce Committee hearing on Tuesday about a proposal to require insurance companies to pay for oral chemotherapy treatments.

The bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Glen Casada of Franklin is opposed by Gov. Bill Haslam and the insurance industry on the basis that it creates a government mandate.

An effort to defer the bill until next year failed on a 13-13 vote.

Todd, who did not elaborate on what kind of cancer he was diagnosed with, was arrested last year on drunken driving and gun charges. The case has been bound over to a grand jury.

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