California homeowners who replace their water-gulping grass lawns with artificial turf in response to
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) introduced the measure, which prohibits homeowner associations from barring the installation of synthetic turf, a drought-conscious alternative to grass lawns.
The measure, AB 349, goes into effect immediately. While most homeowners are free to install artificial turf, about 4.8 million homeowners bought in common interest developments such as condominium projects where a homeowners association can regulate yard use.
"Across the state, Californians are making great strides to reduce their water use and hit aggressive benchmarks for conservation, and this new common sense law will give homeowners one more way to save as this drought continues," Gonzalez said in a statement. "The grass may be fake, but the amount of water a homeowner can save by installing it is very real."
She said the state estimates that landscape irrigation represents 43% of urban water use.
The governor also signed a bill that allows electric fences to be installed in non-residential neighborhoods after Sen.
Hall's anti-theft bill, SB 582, requires signs warning people about the hazard of touching an electric fence.
Brown on Friday vetoed a measure that would have prohibited the general counsels for cities, counties and districts from having direct oversight over internal audit staff.
Gov. Brown said in a veto message that he appreciated the intent to make the process more transparent.
"However, there may be legitimate reasons for local agencies to have their general counsels oversee certain audits and I believe it is most appropriate to allow local governments to determine the level of oversight that best meets their unique civic needs," he said.