The Latest: California updates rules on water guzzlers | The Merced Sun-Star

SACRAMENTO, CALIF.

The Latest on legislation approved by the governor (all times local):

6:30 p.m.

Water districts would have to create policies to punish residents who use too much water during droughts under a bill signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Brown signed the bill requiring all districts to have policies for identifying and targeting heavy users during drought emergencies.

That can include fines or a rate system that charges more for using large amounts of water.

Democratic Sen. Jerry Hill of San Mateo says SB814 came after news reports that some residents used millions of gallons of excessive water despite the state’s ongoing drought.

He says the bill will ensure that water guzzlers can’t keep using excessive amounts without penalty.

The measure takes effect Jan. 1.

6 p.m.

Trainers who use bullhooks to discipline elephants in California will soon be subject to steep fines under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The Democratic governor announced Monday that he signed SB1062 by Sen. Ricardo Lara, a Bell Gardens Democrat.

Individuals, zoos, circuses or other organizations caught using bullhooks, baseball bats, pitchforks or other harmful devices will be subject to fines up to $10,000. They could also lose their elephant permit.

Animal welfare groups say the tools are inhumane, but some opponents of the legislation say they can facilitate care and research when used properly.

Brown vetoed a bill last year that would have criminalized the use of such tools. He did not comment on his decision to sign this year’s bill, which takes effect in 2018.

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