Nevada Assembly considers first ever expulsion

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Associated Press

Posted on March 25, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 27 at 5:04 AM

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada lawmaker who has been arrested twice and accused of threatening to harm his political colleagues could be the first person in Nevada history to be kicked out of the Legislature.

A select committee plans to convene Tuesday evening to recommend whether Democratic Assemblyman Steven Brooks of Las Vegas should be allowed to return to his seat, be expelled, censured or otherwise reprimanded.

The 41-year-old Brooks won re-election in November by a 2-to-1 margin. His public troubles began Jan. 19, when he was arrested in a car with a gun and ammunition after allegedly voicing a threat against Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick. He was arrested again a few weeks later.

The panel will hear evidence from an independent counsel before recommending whether Brooks should retain his seat. The full Assembly will act on the recommendations — likely later in the week.

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