Investigation of Ousted Assemblyman Cost $95,000

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Taxpayers are footing a $95,000 bill for the investigation that led to the ouster of former Nevada Assemblyman Steven Brooks.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports it cost nearly $67,000 to hire an attorney to review Brooks' conduct, and nearly $28,000 to hire a Reno-based investigative firm to work on the project.

The total is more than double what state officials originally estimated.

Brooks became the first Nevada lawmaker expelled from the Legislature when he was voted out on March 28. Lawmakers said Brooks' pattern of erratic behavior made them feel unsafe in the legislative building.

The 41-year-old from North Las Vegas was arrested later that day after a police chase and confrontation along Interstate 15 in Victorville, Calif.

He has been in a San Bernardino County jail ever since.