House OKs rules on self-checkout for liquor

OLYMPIA — While it has long been illegal to sell alcohol to those under age 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.

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