Brown signed a measure that prohibits state agencies and members of the California National Guard from aiding a federal agency investigation that involves indefinite military detention without charge or public trial.
Liberals and conservatives alike have had concerns with broad powers granted the federal government most recently in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 to aid with the war on terrorism.
Brown’s approval of the Donnelly bill was praised Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California.
“Californians have not forgotten the tragedy that was Japanese American internment,” said Peter Bibring, a staff attorney for the civil liberties group. “Our politics may be divided on some issues, but the nearly unanimous passage of this bill shows indefinite military detention without trial is contrary to the common values of all Americans.”
Donnelly, who has been exploring a possible run for governor, said he was pleased that AB 351 won bipartisan support in the Legislature
"The signing of this bill into law is a victory for the people of California, and proof that defending liberty is not a partisan issue,” Donnelly said in a statement. “This law guarantees that our Constitutional civil liberties will be protected from federal overreach. “