Assemblyman to Not Take Leave of Absence

CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Assemblyman Steven Brooks will not be taking a leave of absence, despite an earlier report that he would be absent for the first 60 days of the state Legislature.

Brooks, a North Las Vegas Democrat, was sworn in Monday to a second term. His swearing came as he faces an allegation of threatening Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick last month and a subsequent hospitalization for a mental evaluation.

Assemblyman William Horne said Brooks would not be taking time off from serving in the Legislature, despite his and Kirkpatrick's personal objections.

However, Horne said Brooks is ready to serve and expects Brooks to attend all committee meetings.

Horne and Kirkpatrick, who addressed the media Tuesday afternoon, said they felt Brooks would be better served taking time off to care for himself. 

Mentioning the Legislative police, Kirkpatrick said she does feels safe.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)


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