For the first time in Nevada history a Nevada Lawmaker has been removed from office by a vote of his peers. Embattled assemblyman Steven Brooks received the needed two-thirds vote to expel him from the assembly earlier today. Brooks has had run-ins with the law. He allegedly threatened The Speaker, and has been involuntarily hospitalized—all since the beginning of the year.
The testimony came from the Select Committee Members in a 6 to 1 vote last Tuesday night. They approved the ouster of Steven Brooks.
All of their evidence was presented in closed meeting away from the media and the public.
On Thursday they disclosed a little bit of what they learned that night, and why their colleagues should support their initial vote.
“Motion carries by a Constitutional 2/3rds vote: Steven Brooks the 2nd is hereby expelled from the assembly and I declare Assembly district 17 vacant,” announced Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick after the vote this late this morning.
She was one of the assembly members who was threatened by him earlier this year.
And it's those threats, and his subsequent erratic behavior with law enforcement that members of a select committee examined earlier this week in private.
Majority Leader William Horne led that committee and led the charge to convince 2/3rds of the Assembly Brooks needed to go.
“Free of fear of the unpredictable, potentially dangerous actions that Assemblyman Brooks may take in these chambers should be return,” said Horne.
But the lone vote last Tuesday took the floor again today, telling her colleagues to vote no.
Dina Neal said she had to stand on her conscious and courage, that she believed in recovery and those beliefs she says have made her a target.
“I received Emails that called me racist because of my decision,”, said Neal
One of the members who voted against the Steven Brooks ouster, Harvey Munford.
He says he heard Brooks talk on the radio just last week and sounded coherent and logical, that and the meeting Tuesday night where he later talked to Brooks' aunt had Munford look at Brooks in another light.
“I don't know all of that seemed to just sort of, flip flop, everything turned upside down,” says Munford.
It's now up to Clark County Commissioners to appoint a replacement for Brooks.
How that exactly happens after an expulsion is a a little murky.
Just as the assembly expulsion has never happened before, neither has replacing someone whose been expelled from the assembly.