Troubled Nev. lawmaker's actions to be scrutinized

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Associated Press

Posted on March 14, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 14 at 2:07 PM

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada Assembly could soon decide the fate of a state lawmaker who has been arrested twice since January.

Legislative leaders said Thursday that a committee that will recommend action against Assemblyman Steven Brooks could meet after hours next week to take testimony at the Carson City Courthouse, which has enhanced security. An investigation by an independent counsel is nearly complete.

Majority Leader William Horne says the full Assembly could vote by March 22.

The developments follow claims by a veteran's affairs advocate that he gave a ballistic vest to Brooks but declined to give him infrared night vision goggles.

Since January, Brooks has been arrested twice and involuntary hospitalized for a psychiatric evaluation. He is banned from the Legislature building and is on leave from his elected position.

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