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Hanford students travel to Sacramento to testify in support of AB 603 (Salas)

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) announced today that his Assembly Bill (AB) 603, which incentivizes consumers to replace conventional grass with more drought-resistant landscaping, has advanced through the first step in the Revenue and Taxation Committee process.

“This historic drought has caused us all to look for creative solutions,” said Assemblymember Salas. “I applaud the Grewal brothers for helping to make a positive difference in our community.”

Several worthy bill proposals were submitted to Assemblymember Salas’ office as part of his “There Ought to Be a Law Contest” but the idea from Hanford students and brothers Arijeet (Ari) Grewal and Rajvarun (Raj) Grewal stood out. As California faces a historic drought, the Grewal brothers examined ways to incentivize families to conserve water. The legislation they proposed in a letter to Salas was timely and feasible – statewide implementation of a tax credit for individuals who replace conventional grass with more drought-resistant landscaping.

Ari and Raj Grewal traveled all the way to Sacramento to testify in support of AB 603 in front of the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee. This is the second visit for the Grewal family who traveled to Sacramento in February to see the bill introduced.

“As California faces another year of historic drought, we know every drop of water counts,” said Assemblymember Salas. 

Grass is one of the most water-intensive plants in landscaping. Its high water use and frequent maintenance make it time-consuming and expensive. In fact, outdoor irrigation accounts for over 50 percent of all water used by residential customers.

To encourage water conservation, several local agencies have established successful rebate programs to help customers replace traditional lawns with drought-resistant plants and landscaping. These programs are dependable tools for water conservation. However, a statewide incentive to encourage all Californians to take these important steps towards water conservation does not exist.

Assemblymember Salas represents part of the City of Bakersfield, the cities of Arvin, Avenal, Corcoran, Delano, Hanford, Lemoore, McFarland, Shafter, Wasco, and the communities of Armona, Buttonwillow, Home Garden, Kettleman City, Lamont, Lost Hills, Stratford and Weedpatch.

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