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Jul 22, 2014 8:18 PM by Connie Tran, KSBY News

Gov. Brown signs 24 bills into law

Governor Jerry Brown signed 24 bills into law on Monday. They range from underage drinking, to insurance policies, to prescription drugs.

The entire state of California is in a dire drought situation. AB 2100 prevents homeowners from getting fined by their homeowners' associations for essentially saving water, and allowing their yards to go brown. Some cities in the state have fined residents up to $500 for wasting water.

AB 230 could affect many families that involve their children in sports programs outside of school. The law requires community youth athletic programs to give parents a written notice about how they check their volunteers' and hired coaches' criminal backgrounds.

AB 1852 is very similar. It requires a business that supervises children to also provide a written notice on the policies of criminal background checks of its employees.

SB 1310 aims to reduce the number of deportations of noncitizens who are legal residents. The legislation cuts the maximum possible misdemeanor sentence by one day, from one year to 364 days. According to the state senator who proposed the bill, under federal immigration law, a person who is a legal resident but not a citizen and has a sentence of 365 days or more faces deportation.

Click here to see the full list of bills signed by the governor.

Governor Brown did deny one bill. He vetoed AB 1503. It would have allowed the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to enter into a long-term lease for a proposed museum on Folsom Prison property.

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