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Full text of letter banning Brooks from NV Assembly

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Embattled lawmaker Steven Brooks was banned Monday the Nevada Legislative building as an investigation is under way of the Assemblyman's fitness in the chamber.

Assembly Majority Leader and chair of the committee to investigate Brooks - William Horne - released a letter that was handed to Brooks Tuesday:

Dear Assemblyman Brooks:

As Chair of the Select Committee on the Assembly, I am writing to inform you that effective today, February 11, 2013, you are being placed on paid Administrative Leave pending further investigation into your fitness to serve as an Assemblyman in the Nevada Legislature. The alleged conduct which will be the subject of the investigation includes failure to carry out certain responsibilities of an Assemblyman, engaging in unethical conduct and engaging in certain other deleterious conduct. All of this alleged conduct adversely affects the integrity and credibility of the Nevada Assembly. In addition, the Nevada Legislature, as an employer, must ensure a safe workplace for its employees. Your recent arrests, which have been well publicized by the press have caused members of the staff as well as others in the Legislative Building to fear that you will not be able to conduct yourself in a manner suitable to the Office of Assemblyman, and in fact, that you may present a direct threat to others in the building. Your presence has caused the need for heightened security and the commitment of additional resources to monitor your actions.

During the period that you remain on Administrative Leave, you are prohibited from entering any of the legislative buildings or otherwise acting as a legislator. Any questions or concerns that you may have must be directed through my office or the office of the Legislative Counsel. The Select Committee on the Assembly intends to conduct hearings to investigate the specific allegations, allow you an opportunity to be heard and determine the most appropriate recommendation to make to the full Assembly. As you know, the Assembly has the constitutional duty to judge the qualifications of its own members, determine the rules of its proceedings and punish members for disorderly conduct. With the concurrence of two thirds of all the members elected, the Assembly may also expel a member. The full Assembly will make the final determination regarding the action to betaken upon the conclusion of the hearings and receipt of the recommendation of the Select Committee.

Sincerely,

Assemblyman William Horne

On Tuesday, Brooks reportedly was handed the letter when he arrived in Carson City, according to Brooks' attorney Mitchell Posin.

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