Steven Brooks' mugshot from his second arrest in 2013. (LVMPD)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
The heat continues to be turned up on Assemblyman Steven Brooks.
Fresh off his second arrest in less than a month, Brooks has been put on paid leave and banned from the legislative building.
He was notified by a letter delivered to him last night when he arrived in Reno.
The letter made it very clear his erratic behavior and two arrests in less than a month have made people uneasy. It read in part: "Your recent arrests, which have been well publicized by the press have caused members of the staff and 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."
Majority Leader William Horne says it had become too much.
"We only have a limited time to do our business, and frankly, this is taking away from that," Horne said.
The investigating committee has set a criteria that includes "failure to carry out certain responsibilities of an assemblyman, engaging in unethical conduct and engaging in certain other deleterious conduct."
Committee member Assemblyman Pat Hickey says he wants to hear from Brooks.
"Ask the questions that I think we need to and hear from Assemblyman Brooks," Hickey said. "I assume he'll be given the opportunity to represent himself. I certainly would hope so."
This process is unprecedented in the Nevada Legislature and Horne says they will proceed quickly but cautiously.
"We're making sure we do this the right way," Horne said. "Because this hasn't been done before, we're making sure we cross our T's and dot our I's."
The committee is expected to have a recommendation of action by the end of next week.
The recommendation could be anything from no action to expulsion.
In order for Brooks to be expelled, a two-thirds vote from the entire Assembly body is needed.
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