CARSON CITY (KSNV MyNews3) — The Nevada Assembly took the unprecedented step this morning of expelling troubled legislator Steven Brooks.
A select committee had voted 6-1 on Tuesday in favor of expulsion Brooks.
Assembly Majority Leader William Horne said, "His conduct leading up to this caused many rational-thinking individuals to fear for their own safety. It’s irresponsible to ignore.
"The truth is, we did not feel safe having (Brooks) in this building. … We made numerous offers to help Assemblyman Brooks. Not only did Assemblyman Brooks refuse to be interviewed, he didn't show up to our hearing and took no action to show us he was capable."
Horne added that Brooks made the Assembly look more like a circus and daytime drama rather than a serious legislative body.
From Assemblyman Wes Duncan: "This certainly was not an easy task for any of us. Our colleague from Assembly District 17 needed to be expelled.
Duncan: "It's a privilege, not a right, to be in these seats. These seats don't belong to us; they belong to the people that sent us here."
Assemblywoman Dina Neal, the only dissenting vote on select committee, said she could not vote for expulsion: "We're at a point in history where being silent is unacceptable.
"I understand expulsion is the highest disciplinary form. I understand this action is nothing short of political death … I believe in human recovery."
Ralston Reports host Jon Ralston spoke with Brooks after the vote. Brooks went from saying he going check into Seven Hills Hospital to saying he is on his way to the Nevada Legislature. He also said he is going to "break the state" with a lawsuit.
Since January, Brooks has been arrested twice and hospitalized for a mental evaluation. He's also been put on leave from the Legislature because of public incidents and was fired from his job as a parks and recreation analyst for the city of Las Vegas.
A voice vote came Thursday morning, after Assembly Majority Leader William Horne called him "potentially dangerous" and said lawmakers didn't feel safe with him in the building.
Brooks also was denied the purchase of a gun in Sparks last month after he was banished from the chambers. His lawyer, Mitchell Posin, says there's been a misunderstanding and Brooks doesn't pose any real threat to anyone.
Thursday's vote came after an independent investigation, and after a bipartisan select committee recommended his ouster.