(AP) -- A bill moving in the California Legislature now would protect people in homeowner associations from retribution if they reduce water use for landscaping.
The bill by Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez of San Diego passed the Assembly without debate yesterday on a vote of 71-1.
Gonzalez says homeowner associations have been finding ways to force members to maintain green lawns, despite existing law intended to protect homeowners.
Under the bill, associations, apartment projects and housing cooperatives could not ban water-saving plants or prohibit their members from following local water conservation rules.
Four other bills targeting homeowner associations would spare homeowners from fines for letting their lawns die during a drought.