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Committee Recommends Expulsion of Steven Brooks

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After a long night in a Carson City courtroom, a special bipartisan committee has voted 6-1 to expel Steven Brooks from the Nevada Legislature.

The decision will now go to the Assembly and will have to be passed with a two-thirds majority vote.

The Special Committee spent hours discussing the future of Assemblyman Steven Brooks. This is the first time since 1867, members of the Nevada Legislature ousted one of their own.

The meeting was supposed to start at 6 p.m., but was postponed until 7:30 p.m. That's when Brooks' lawyer announced that Steven Brooks would not be at the meeting at all. The hearing started with a several hundred page report handed out to committee members. The report was declared confidential by the Legislature Attorney.

Brooks is a Democrat from North Las Vegas who has been arrested twice since January, and is accused of making threats toward colleagues, including Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick. Brooks has been banished from the legislature building and was denied the purchase of a gun in February at Scheel's in Sparks.

Brooks' lawyer says there's been a misunderstanding and that Brooks doesn't pose a threat to anyone. He says Brooks couldn't be at the session, because he was sick and not feeling well enough to defend himself in the hearing. The committee members heard hundred of pages of what's being called confidential medical information.

The attorney hired by the Legislature says his investigators did fifty interviews to determine whether Brooks is fit for office.

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