Nev. panel votes to oust embattled assembly member

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Associated Press

Posted on March 27, 2013 at 1:34 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 27 at 1:36 AM

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A special Nevada legislative panel is recommending the expulsion of an embattled assemblyman for the first time in the history of the state Legislature.

The seven-member bipartisan committee voted 6-1 Tuesday night to recommend the ouster of Assemblyman Steven Brooks. His expulsion still requires a two-thirds majority vote of the Assembly.

Since January, the 41-year-old Democrat from North Las Vegas has been arrested twice, hospitalized for a mental evaluation and placed on leave from the Legislature.

The last time the Assembly considered kicking out a sitting member was in 1867, but it never came to a final floor vote.

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