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Originally published Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 1:42 PM

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Wash. seeks to prevent underage liquor purchases

Washington state is changing its laws related to liquor purchases at supermarket self-checkout machines.

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OLYMPIA, Wash. —

Washington state is changing its laws related to liquor purchases at supermarket self-checkout machines.

Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Wednesday that would require self-checkout machines at supermarkets to freeze transactions involving liquor sales until a worker verifies the buyer is at least 21 years old. The measure passed unanimously through both the House and Senate amid concerns that underage shoppers were able to purchase liquor without scrutiny.

Many retailers already have employees or automated systems to monitor alcohol purchases and self-checkout machines.

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