Gov. Martin O'Malley will be working closely with his controversial Arizona counterpart on homeland security and public safety issues as part of a National Governors Association committee.
The association announced during its annual meeting Sunday that Janice K. Brewer will serve a term as co-chair of a panel on homeland security and public safety issues with O'Malley, who is being reappointed to the post.
Brewer has made headlines for an Arizona law described by supporters and foes alike as the toughest measure in the country against illegal immigration. The law makes it a misdemeanor to lack proper immigration paperwork in Arizona. It also requires police officers, if they have a "reasonable suspicion" that someone is an illegal immigrant, to determine the person's immigration status. Brewer and the state have been named in a federal lawsuit intended to stop enforcement of the law from starting later this month.