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Bill would block fines for failing to water lawns

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POSTED May 1, 2014 7:57 p.m.

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Lawmakers are endorsing a bill that would prevent homeowner associations from punishing residents who cut back on watering their lawns during a drought.

The Assembly on Thursday passed AB2100 on a 67-to-1 vote. It is one of several bills moving through the Legislature to protect homeowners from retaliation for conserving water.

The bill by Democratic Assemblywoman Nora Campos of San Jose prevents homeowner associations from fining residents who cut back on irrigation while a drought is declared.

Gov. Jerry Brown has called on all Californians to reduce water use by 20 percent while the state faces a historic drought.

Campos’ bill now heads to the Senate. Similar bills would prevent homeowner associations from punishing owners for installing drought-resistant landscaping or letting plants die as a result of low water use.

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