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Clotheslines could be strung out by California bill

Two daughters help their mom Jennifer Khal take down the wash from the clothesline in the backyard.
Two daughters help their mom Jennifer Khal take down the wash from the clothesline in the backyard. Sacramento Bee Staff Photo

Use a clothesline for wet laundry? Assemblywoman Patty Lopez, D-San Fernando, wants to make sure you aren’t left out to dry.

In a state constantly pushing innovation, Lopez is working to ensure people can deploy an ancient technology. Her Assembly Bill 1448 would state that the rules governing common interest developments like apartment complexes can’t prohibit people from stringing up clotheslines.

Unlike energy-consuming indoor driers, Lopez’s office notes, clotheslines do not generate carbon emissions. The bill would protect clotheslines by classifying them as a type of “solar energy system” that, under existing law, Californians can’t be restricted from installing in their homes.

While the California Apartment Association has not yet taken a position on the bill, a lobbyist for the organization said it could conflict with rules set by property managers.

“Most of our folks have some pretty strict standards on what goes on balconies and in common areas,” Debra Carlton said.

Call Jeremy B. White, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 326-5543.

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