Tuesday Mar 26, 201301:31 PM GMT
Assemblyman Brooks could be first Nevadan expelled from legislature
Tue Mar 26, 2013 1:28PM
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A Democrat representing Las Vegas could go down in Nevada history as the first lawmaker to be expelled from the legislature.

 

Assemblyman Steven Brooks has been arrested twice in the past two months. He’s threatened to physically injure a Democratic Party leader. And he’s been forcibly detained in a hospital to undergo a mental evaluation, The Associated Press reports.

 

They’re considering whether or not to boot him from office. A select committee is meeting Tuesday evening to decide.

 

Mr. Brooks is expected to attend the meeting - and if he does, it’s one of the few legislative affairs he’ll have attended. He was seated on Feb. 4, but was banished from the legislature’s building a week later and hasn’t participated in votes since, AP says.

 

“It’s been an unfortunate situation that clearly has been more than a minimal distraction,” said Assembly Majority Leader William Horne, D-Las Vegas, who is leading the seven-member bipartisan panel, as cited by AP.

 

Mr. Brooks’ background includes an arrest in January for threatening Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick. Shortly after, police responded to his grandmother’s home for a domestic issue. Then he was arrested on Feb. 10 for a domestic disturbance involving his wife. The Washington Times

 

HIGHLIGHTS

Brooks has been placed on administrative leave and has been banned from the Legislative Building in Carson City following two arrests and being involuntarily admitted to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. lasvegassun.com

 

Brooks’ lawyer, Mitchell Posin, has filed a lawsuit with the Nevada Supreme Court seeking to overturn the ban. lasvegassun.com

 

Assembly Majority Leader William Horne, D-Las Vegas, has said the select committee would not investigate the details of Brooks’ arrests; rather, they would focus on his ethical behavior as a lawmaker in recent months as well as the safety threat he may pose to those who work in the building. lasvegassun.com

 

The Nevada Constitution gives the state Senate and Assembly jurisdiction over judging the qualifications of members. Legislative Counsel Brenda Erdoes said in briefs filed with the high court that that includes the authority to determine its own rules and "punish its members for disorderly conduct." AP

 

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