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A Southern California Democrat in the State Assembly introduced a bill last month to ban the sale of alcohol at stores that only have self-checkout lanes. That, of course, singles out Fresh & Easy, who appears to be the only major food retailer in the state with only these types of lanes and no full-service lanes with employees operating them.

AB 523 was introduced by Hector De La Torre (D-South Gate) and sponsored by the Marin Institute, a San Rafael-based alcohol industry watchdog group, according to Fresh & Easy Buzz, an independent blog dedicated to news and analysis about the store. The blog explains the reasoning behind the bill: