Clark County Commissioners have asked for a special addendum to their agenda next week "regarding a possible process for appointing a qualified state legislator," a clear reference to a possible vacancy if Assemblyman Steven Brooks resigns or is expelled.
The state's Occupational Safety and Health Administration raised concerns last week about "an unstable and dangerous employee" in the Legislative Building, which prompted the director of the Legislative Counsel Bureau to respond today to assure inspectors precautions have been taken because of Assemblyman Steven Brooks' troubles.
UPDATE: I have posted here the letter that was delivered to Brooks by legislative police.
A few hours after he was banned from the Legislative Building, Assemblyman Steven Brooks arrived back in Northern Nevada.
Brooks was met at the Reno airport late Monday evening by legislative police, who served him with a letter penned by Assembly Majority Leader William Horne informing him he is not to enter the Legislative Building.
The rules for that committee the majority leader is chairing give him broad powers to probe Steven Brooks.
He already has employed them to ban Brooks from the Legislative Building. How can he do that? Because the rules say he can....
Waive or suspend any provision of these rules, as deemed necessary by the Chair, or
adopt any additional rules or procedures, as deemed necessary by the Chair, to ensure that
I wonder if Assemblyman Steven Brooks will testify at the first hearing looking into his behavior.
The first meeting is just to set the rules. But what ordinarily might be boring could be crucial here because everything will be precedent-setting and designed to offer Brooks due process and protect the Legislature from liability.
Here's the agenda:
Select Committee on the Assembly
ANOTHER UPDATE NOW POSTED: The Metro police report is attached here. It is somethi9ng else.
UPDATE FROM METRO:
The tax debate began and ended in the first week? Maybe.
A lawmaker disparaging his colleagues in a newspaper. The newspaper banned from the Legislative Building. The newspaper accusing a lawmaker of forging a letter to the editor.
All of this and more surrounded Nevada's first attempted expulsion, which came during the first special session in the state's history three years after the Constitution was written and culminated with the lawmaker claiming he was feverish and sent the wrong copy of the offending letter to the newspaper.
Last night, in a satirical look at congressional folks wanting to order more tanks, "The Daily Show's" Al Madrigal brought it home.
I have embedded the segment below, but here's the relevant exchange between Al Madreigal and retired Major General Paul Eaton:
PE: "We have 3,000 tanks sitting in a boneyard near Reno, Nevada."
AM: "When are we going to send more?"
PE: "Al, why would we send more tanks to Reno, Nevada."
AM: "Has Nevada been attacked?"
PE: "To my knowledge, Nevada has never been attacked."
That's the message in a brief statement released Thursday evening by the Assembly Democratic Caucus.
It's part of a not-so-subtle campaign to induce Brooks to take some time away from the Legislature after several weeks of uncertainty that began with a Jan. 19 arrest and culminated this week with his strange arrival in Carson City and on again/off again agreement to take a leave.