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Steven Brooks Expelled by Nevada State Assembly

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CARSON CITY -- The Nevada Assembly has voted to oust embattled Democratic Assemblyman Steven Brooks in the first-ever legislative expulsion in the state's history.

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.

The North Las Vegas Democrat has been arrested twice since January and is accused of making threats toward his colleagues, including Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick.

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 seven-person panel of Assembly members voted 6-1 earlier this week to recommend Brooks' expulsion by the full Assembly. Only Rep. Dina Neal voted against expulsion, preferring Brooks be suspended instead.

"Steven J. Brooks II is hereby expelled from the Nevada State Assembly and I hereby declare Assembly District 17 to be vacant," a shaken Kirkpatrick said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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