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Brooks shifts gears, will take three-week leave of absence

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Updated: 2/07/2013 6:57 pm
CARSON CITY (KSNV MyNews3) – Embattled legislator Steven Brooks announces on floor of Nevada Assembly today that he will take a three-week leave of absence for unspecified medical reasons.

Brooks, D-North Las Vegas, had been booted from the Assembly Democratic Caucus late Wednesday night.

Brooks was arrested Jan. 19 on a felony charge involving an alleged threat against Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick.

Earlier today, Kirkpatrick appointed a select committee of the Assembly concerning the Brooks situation. The committee will be chaired by Assemblyman William Horne, and will consist of Assembly members Richard Carrillo, Wesley Duncan, Jason Frierson, Pat Hickey, Dina Neal and Lynn Stewart.

In a news release from the Assembly Democratic Caucus, the committee will be vested with investigative powers, including the discretion to appoint and refer the matter to a special independent counsel. The committee will report and make recommendations to the full Assembly.

Committee Chairman Horne said, “The select committee process will be used to investigate Assemblyman Steven Brooks. The committee will afford Mr. Brooks due process, and allow this body to get back to work on behalf of the people of Nevada.”

The committee will convene as soon as practical, with specific dates to be announced in the coming days, according to the release. The select committee will meet after the business of all other committees is done for the day, in order to not further distract from the important work of the legislature. The committee meetings will be open and accessible to the public.

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