California Senate backs bill to fine excessive water users

State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, left, talks with Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles in the Senate at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Aug. 26, 2013. By a 58-4 vote the Assembly approved, Monday, Hill's measure SB598, that would allow pharmacists to dispense substitute medications that are biologically similar to brand-names. The bill returns to the Senate for a final vote (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California state Senate has passed legislation that seeks to crack down on people who use too much water during droughts.

Senators approved SB814 in a 23-11 vote on Monday.

Democratic Sen. Jerry Hill of San Mateo, who wrote the bill, says that currently just two water districts fine people who use millions of gallons of excessive water.

His bill would require every water district to create a process for identifying and going after heavy users during drought emergencies. As an alternative, districts could create a system that charges more for using large amounts of water.

Those recently in the public spotlight for using massive amounts of water include a retired oil executive, a venture capitalist and professional athletes.

The bill goes next to the state Assembly.



Senate Bill 814 Fact Sheet:

Senate Bill 814 Bill Text:

Governor Brown’s Executive Order, May 9, 2016

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