CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A select committee will meet next week to recommend whether embattled Assemblyman Steven Brooks should be expelled from the Legislature.

The Legislature’s top lawyer says the Nevada Assembly had legal standing to put Brooks on leave while it considers whether he’s fit to serve.

In a response filed late Wednesday with the Nevada Supreme Court, legislative lawyers say the state Constitution gives the Assembly express authority to determine its own rules and “punish its members for disorderly conduct.”

Brooks, a North Las Vegas Democrat, filed an emergency motion earlier this month with the high court seeking a mandate that he be seated.

Brooks was placed on leave in February after a serious of bizarre episodes, including two arrests and an involuntary hospitalization for a mental evaluation.

The committee meets to decide Brooks’ fate on Tuesday.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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