A proposed bill would ban a governor from issuing pardons, commutations or clemency rulings in the final 30 days of an administration.
Hours before he left office, former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger cut the 16-year manslaughter prison sentence of Esteban Nunez, son of a political ally, to only 7 years. Schwarzenegger's action sparked outrage and a lawsuit by the slain boy's family.
Brown said there are few opportunities for clemencies and the governor rarely uses the power.