Legislature Defends Handling of Brooks Situation

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CARSON CITY -- The Legislative Counsel Bureau says legislators did not overstep boundaries in dealing with embattled Assemblymember Steven Brooks. In a letter to the Nevada Supreme Court, the LCB stated it is within the purview of the legislature to handle matters relating to its members.

The court is currently considering a lawsuit filed by Assemblymember Steven Brooks. Brooks' attorney states as an elected representative, Brooks should be permitted to serve.

LCB also stated Brooks should not have sued the Legislature, but only the Assembly, as the Senate does not have jurisdiction over members of the other house.

Brooks was sworn in at the beginning of the legislative session, but was later banned from the legislative building. Brooks was also placed on leave. At the time, Brooks' fellow assemblymembers stated Brooks is a distraction and some consider him a potential threat.

Brook was recently arrested twice, and was hospitalized for a mental evaluation. He is accused of threatening the speaker of the assembly.

A select committee, created to consider whether Brooks is fit to serve, is scheduled to meet Tuesday. Brooks is expected to be in attendance. The meeting will not take place at the legislative building, but the nearby Carson City courthouse.

Assemblymember William Horne said part of the meeting will be public, while another portion may be closed to the public.

"We subpoenaed medical records, if we get that information, I don't believe that's pertinent for public consumption," Horne said.

Horne said Brook would be permitted to comment and provide the committee information.

The committee could recommend Brooks is expelled from the legislature. The Assembly would have to have a two-thirds vote to actually expel Brooks.