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Future uncertain for troubled assemblyman

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The story surrounding state Assemblyman Steven Brooks is something experts say is unprecedented. That makes it difficult for them to predict what the future holds for Brooks.

FOX5 political analyst Mitch Fox believes some lawmakers hope Brooks will peacefully resign, but since Brooks hasn't spoken publicly about his arrest his plans are unclear.

"He's given no indication he's going to (resign), the ball is in the court of the state legislature to decide what to do next," Fox said. He says the legislature could persuade Brooks to step down, and if he doesn't it would take two-thirds of the body to vote to expel him.

Brooks is currently being evaluated at a hospital under a Legal 2000 order. It's a 72-hour period in which professionals determine if Brooks is a threat to himself or others. During this period, doctors will also figure out if drugs or alcohol are contributing to Brooks' erratic behavior.

Licensed psychologist Gary Lenkeit, Ph.D., says Brooks could be in the hospital for more than 72 hours. He says if physicians evaluating Brooks think he's still a threat to himself or others, he will be held until a court hearing. That hearing will determine if Brooks will be committed to a state or private psychiatric hospital.

Lenkeit says Legal 2000's are fairly common in Nevada, but this is the first case he's heard of that involves a state leader.

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