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News Minute: Here is the latest Northern California news from The Associated Press

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Homeowner associations would be prohibited from requiring residents to pressure-wash their driveways or other areas when droughts are declared locally or across California, under a bill sent to Gov. Jerry Brown. However, the measure lets associations fine homeowners for refusing to water their lawns if the housing development uses recycled water for irrigation.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Amid a third year of drought, state lawmakers began pushing legislation that begins to regulate groundwater. California is one of the last states in the West with a pump-as-you-please policy. A bill by Democratic Assemblyman Roger Dickinson of Sacramento would require some local governments to start managing wells and authorizes the state to step in under certain situations if they don't.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Contractors hiring foreign-born laborers in California would have to meet new requirements under a bill heading to Gov. Jerry Brown. The legislation primarily protects nurses, home health workers, researchers and tech-sector workers. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg says the standards are needed to protect laborers from abuse and human trafficking.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Drivers providing services for ride-sharing companies such as Lyft and Uber would have to carry a minimum amount of insurance under a compromise approved by the state Senate. Both of the major ride-sharing companies supported her bill after she agreed to lower the required amount of excess insurance from $500,000 to $200,000 when drivers do not have passengers in their vehicles. The Senate approved the bill yesterday, sending it to the Assembly.

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