Gov. Jerry Brown signed measures Friday designed to boost water conservation in the face of California's lingering drought and to build on healthcare benefits and other protection for people in the country illegally.
Acting on a slate of water bills, Brown approved a proposal meant to ensure that residents who replace lawns with drought-friendly alternatives don't run afoul of local regulations.
It prohibits cities and counties from enacting rules that ban the installation of artificial turf or drought-tolerant landscaping at residential properties.
"We are all working so hard to do our part to save water," said Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), author of...