Governor Signs Bill Preventing Fines for Dead Lawns

Local governments will no longer be permitted to fine residents who refuse to water their lawns under a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday.

AB1 was introduced by Assembly Member Cheryl Brown (D-Rialto), following reports of penalties being imposed on San Bernardino residents who allowed their lawns to go brown. The measure prohibits cities or counties from imposing such fines at a time when the Governor has proclaimed a state of emergency due to the state’s ongoing drought.

“I am very happy that Governor has signed my bill prohibiting municipalities from fining their residents for not watering their lawns while we are in the worst drought in California’s history,” Assembly Member Brown said. “It is sad that it took a law to protect homeowners who have tried diligently to conserve water. However, this is a needed step in order to ensure that California manages its water resources efficiently during the drought.”

Homeowners’ associations are already prohibited from imposing such penalties under legislation signed last year. This month, state officials announced that residential water use had dropped 29% during the month of May.

Read more about AB1 here.

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