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I-Team: Lawmaker Cries as Brooks Ousted From Assembly

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Former Assemblyman Steven Brooks Former Assemblyman Steven Brooks

LAS VEGAS -- For the first time in state history, Nevada lawmakers have kicked out one of their own from the Legislature.

The long process to expel Steven Brooks from the Assembly ended Thursday.

It was a surreal sight as Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick cried during the Brooks expulsion vote as a visiting troop of Girl Scouts watched.

Now that Brooks' time as a lawmaker is over, the question remains who steps in to finish his term.

Assembly members said Brooks' interviews to news reporters influenced their decision.

Brooks told the I-Team in two home interviews that fellow lawmakers, police officers and the National Rifle Association were all conspiring to kill him.

Right before his last interview with the I-Team, Brooks shouted that he would shoot at officers if they ever came after him.

Lawmakers added that reports of Brooks attempting to buy a scoped rifle with night vision glasses and a bullet proof vest frankly scared them.

But lawmakers made their decision based on several hundred pages of a secret report.

The final vote itself came by voice only, leaving no official record.

With Brooks gone, the battle for District 17 begins.

Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins said the county can't waste any time appointing his replacement.

"The county commission gave the county manager a pay raise in one meeting," Collins said. "But something as important as choosing a legislator when the budget starts closing April 2nd and the last vote out of each house is April 12th, we need to get somebody out there as soon as possible."

Clark County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak said he doesn't see any replacement even being discussed before April 16.

Collins said that so far, three qualified Democrats living in the North Las Vegas district intend to apply.

The decision to replace Brooks may come down to Kirkpatrick's desire to have an extra Democratic vote in the Assembly.

With taxes being a prime topic this session, she may need every vote she can get to reach the necessary two-thirds support.

Brooks still faces felony charges of alleged spousal abuse and for reaching for a police officer's gun. He has pleaded not guilty on those charges.

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