LAS VEGAS -- Assemblyman Steven Brooks was placed on leave with pay and barred from entering the Legislative building Monday night, as a select committee appointed to investigate him got down to business.
The committee unanimously adopted rules, one of which allowed Chairman William Horne to place Brooks on administrative leave and bar him from entering the legislative building in Carson City, Nev., while the investigation continues.
The embattled Nevada assemblyman was arrested for a second time Sunday on charges of domestic violence and resisting an officer after he argued with Metro Police and allegedly tried to grab an officer's weapon. He was first arrested Jan. 19 on charges of threatening Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick.
The committee might not look only at Brooks, however. Republican Assemblyman Lynn Stewart raised the issue of Democratic Assemblyman Andrew Martin. A judge ruled on the eve of the election that Martin didn't live in his district, a violation of state law.
"Since this committee is formed to judge the qualifications of an individual to serve or not, will we be limited to one individual, or could we bring up others who may be legally in violation of their ability to serve, their qualification to serve, such as Mr. Martin?" Stewart said.
Horne told reporters last week he'd seek to wrap up the committee's investigation of Brooks within a week or so after hearings begin.