Washington lawmakers aim to stifle self-checkout of liquor
Monday, February 25, 2013
While it has long been illegal to sell alcohol to those younger than 21, Washington state has no laws specifically governing the sale of alcohol at self-checkout machines common in many supermarkets.
With reports reaching lawmakers of self-checkout machines being used by underage buyers of alcohol, the Washington state House on Monday unanimously passed a measure to crack down on the practice.
The bill would require self-checkout machines to freeze transactions involving liquor sales until a worker verifies the age of the buyer.
An earlier version of the bill would have banned outright the sale of alcohol through self-checkout machines.
The measure goes next to the Senate.