Troubled Nevada Lawmaker Vows to go to Legislature
A Nevada lawmaker released following a mental evaluation and allegations that he threatened a state Democratic Assembly leader says he'll serve his elected office when the state Legislature convenes on Monday.
Steven Brooks spoke non-stop for about three minutes when reached Friday by telephone by The Associated Press. Then he hung up.
The Democratic assemblyman from North Las Vegas declared himself "lucid."
He says he's no longer on medication, and he's well enough to get up and get out of bed and take his rightful seat representing the 17th district.
Brooks says he'll explain everything later with his lawyer.
Attorney Mitchell Posin says he hasn't spoken yet with Brooks.
An associate who hasn't provided his full name answered a follow-up phone call.
He says Brooks isn't making any more statements.
Meanwhile, Nevada Assembly leaders say they will appoint a select committee next week to investigate Assemblyman Steven Brooks to recommend if he should serve in his seat as the 2013 begins.
In a statement Friday, the Democratic caucus said the panel will have discretion to appoint and refer the matter to a special independent counsel. The committee will report and make recommendations to the full Assembly regarding what action, if any, should be taken.
Brooks, a North Las Vegas Democrat, was arrested Jan. 19 for allegedly threatening incoming Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick.
He was hospitalized last Friday for a mental evaluation after an incident at his grandmother's house. He was released this week and says he plans to be in Carson City on Monday when the Legislature convenes.
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