The troubles for embattled Assembly Member Steven Brooks are far from over. On Friday the Assembly Democratic Caucus announced it's forming a special committee to determine if Brooks is fit to serve as a legislator.
"In light of recent events, Mr. Brooks has raised the question on whether or not he's suitable to represent Assembly District 17," said Assembly Majority Leader William Horne. "Will his presence here be a hindrance to the legislative body conducting his business?"
Horne said it's unclear how competent Brooks is to serve after an arrest for allegedly threatening Assembly Speaker-elect Marilyn Kirkpatrick's life, and bizarre behavior forced Brooks to seek psychiatric help.
"This is all new territory for the Nevada Legislature," said Horne. "It's never been done before. We've never had these issues come before our body."
He along with Kirkpatrick and the Assembly Democratic Caucus plan to form a special bi-partisan committee to address Brooks' conduct. Horne said it's necessary.
"Our No. 1 responsibility is the safety and welfare of every person that comes into this building," said Horne. "We have to ensure that exists here. We must have an environment in which all legislative bodies can do their job."
Horne plans to chair the committee. The group will review evidence, including statements from other colleagues about Brooks' conduct, and then provide a recommendation. While Horne stresses the goal isn't to expel Brooks, he said it's a possibility.
Horne said Brooks will have a chance to defend his position. Brooks said he plans to be at work in Carson City on Monday.
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