Nevada Assemblyman Steven Brooks facing expulsion from legislature
A committee met last night to discuss the ouster of Assemblyman Steven BrooksPhoto: Video by ktnv.com
Carson City, NV (KTNV) -- Nevada Assemblyman Steven Brooks could be expelled from the Nevada Legislature as early as today.
On Tuesday night, a special seven-member bipartisan committee met in for three hours in Carson City and voted 6-1 to recommend the ouster of Assemblyman Brooks.
Democratic Assemblywoman Dina Neal of North Las Vegas was the only dissenting vote. Neal said that she would have preferred a suspension.
Brooks is a two-term Democrat from North Las Vegas. He was re-elected in November by a 2-to-1 margin.
The last time the Assembly considered kicking someone out was in 1867. However, it never came to a final floor vote. If Brooks is expelled, it will be the first time in the history of the Nevada Legislature.
The 41-year-old assemblyman from North Las Vegas has been arrested twice since January, hospitalized for a mental evaluation and placed on leave from the Legislature.
His first arrest came on Jan. 19 after allegedly threatened his colleague Assemby Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick, D-North Las Vegas. Brooks was then hospitalized after the police were called to his grandmother's home for an incident involving a sword.
His next arrest on Feb. 10 was the result of a domestic dispute with his wife and an altercation with a police officer who responded to a call about the dispute. According to reports, he attempted to grab the police officer's gun as he was being taken into custody.
Brooks has not been charged for the alleged threats against his colleague but he is facing one felony and three lesser charges in the case involving the police officer.
Most recently, Brooks attempted to buy a rifle from a sporting goods store in Sparks. The Nevada Department of Public Safety denied the purchase.
In addition to his legal problems, Brooks was fired from his job earlier this month as an analyst for the city of Las Vegas.
Much of the committee's meeting yesterday was closed to the public because of the sensitive nature.
Brooks was not present at the meeting. He told his attorney that he was sick and had other things to attend to.
Assembly Majority Leader William Horne, D-Las Vegas, said afterwards that what he read in the report presented to the committee was "not reflective of the man that I had grown to know over the years."
The full assembly will now consider the committee's recommendation. A two-thirds vote or 28 votes is necessary for the expulsion of Brooks.
If Brooks is expelled, the Clark County Commission would need to select a replacement until the next election.
Speaker Kirkpatrick has not said when she will put the item on the agenda but legislators will be back in session this morning.