Harris asks state high court to stem effects of water ruling

Jun 12, 2015 1:31 PM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California Attorney General Kamala Harris is asking the state's Supreme Court to strictly limit a lower court's ruling that local water rates designed to encourage conservation are unconstitutional.

The Los Angeles Times reports Thursday that Harris says the decision by the 4th District Court of Appeal contains "unnecessary and overbroad language" that could hurt the state's efforts to combat the drought.

The April ruling found that the city of San Juan Capistrano's practice of penalizing bigger water users with higher rates was unconstitutional. The city has already settled with the plaintiff, the Capistrano Taxpayers Assn.

But Harris asked the Supreme Court to "depublish" the decision, which wouldn't change the outcome of the case but would mean it couldn't be cited as precedent in other trial or appellate courts.


Information from: Los Angeles Times

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