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Assemblyman Steven Brooks released from hospital

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After being in the hospital for nearly a week for a psychiatric evaluation, embattled assemblyman Steven Brooks is now out.

His attorney says he hasn't spoken with Brooks since his release and wouldn't comment until he did so. 

But after an arrest for allegedly threatening Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick and some bizarre behavior since, the Brooks saga will certainly turn Monday's opening of the legislative session into a circus atmosphere.

"In all the years that I've been covering the state legislature and certainly the opening day of the legislative session, no one has ever seen anything like this," said FOX 5 Political Analyst Mitch Fox.

Fox says there are several options regarding Brooks, including him stepping down, the assembly voting by two-thirds majority to remove him or him staying on.

"No one wants to take any of these options," Fox said. "All of these are nightmarish scenarios if you're a lawmaker. They would just assume Mr. Brooks (would) say it's time for me to withdraw, even for a season and the legislature carry on without the spectacle of having a lawmaker who has these difficulties in his life. His competency is going to be scrutinized. It's gonna be looked at. Based on his past, that's in question right now if he can be a competent lawmaker."

Fox believes the answer will come fast. 

"I don't think they can conduct much business of the state until they deal with this particular issue," Fox said.

The case of threatening a public official is being handled by the state attorney general's office.

So far no charges have been filed.

Should Brooks resign or be removed, the Clark County Commission would appoint a successor.

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