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February 5, 2013 / jimnv

Sweet Deal

Assemblyman Steven Brooks has worked a leave of absence deal with the state assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick. He will be on paid leave for up to 60 days while he sorts out the factors in his life that caused him to act inappropriately such as threatening the Assembly speaker with death. So, to keep the halls of the legislative building safer for everyone, Brooks will be paid $150 a day to do nothing for the first 60 days of the Session just like any other assemblyman.

In Brooks’ case he won’t have to be there pretending to work for that $150 like his fellow legislators.

This is a sweet deal for him but not for the State of Nevada.

However, there is a glimmer of hope in this. A “select committee” chaired by Assembly Majority Leader William Horne, D-Las Vegas will look into this situation. If they actually form a committee and decide to meet, they could decide to censure or expel him or do nothing. I’ll bet they take the easy route.. do nothing.

I know, paying Brooks to disappear for a while is quick and easy. However, this only delays the inevitable, that is, what to do with Brooks. As an elected state representative, Brooks needs man-up and resign or be fired quickly. That “select committee” needs to meet next week and decide his fate per the state constitution.

The Nevada Constitution provides for disciplining a legislator. Article 4, Section 6 which states:

Sec: 6.  Power of houses to judge qualifications, elections and returns of members; selection of officers; rules of proceedings; punishment of members.  Each House shall judge of the qualifications, elections and returns of its own members, choose its own officers (except the President of the Senate), determine the rules of its proceedings and may punish its members for disorderly conduct, and with the concurrence of two thirds of all the members elected, expel a member.



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