SACRAMENTO (AP) — Cities in drought-stricken California can no longer stop residents from installing fake grass to replace their water-guzzling lawns.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed a bill into law preventing cities and counties from banning artificial turf and other drought-tolerant landscaping.

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AB1164 by Glendale Assemblyman Mike Gatto responds to a few communities that prohibited artificial turf because it was low quality, unlike today’s fake grass that looks real.

California is enduring a fourth year of drought, with residents being urged to save water in part by letting their lawns turn brown.

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Brown this year ordered Californians to cut their water use by 25 percent. Residents have met that target for three consecutive months.

The new law takes effect immediately.

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