Thursday's scheduled hearing in the California State Assembly Appropriations Committee for AB 183, the legislative bill that if passed and signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown would prohibit sales of alcoholic beverages at grocery and other retail store self-service checkout stands in the Golden State, was cancelled at the request of the author, Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, who represents parts of San Francisco and San Mateo County.
Read our story published yesterday for details on the legislation - May 4, 2011: 'Son of Tesco Fresh & Easy Law': Strong Chance California Legislation to Prohibit Alcohol Sales at Self-Service Checkouts Could Pass This Year.
A spokesperson for the committee said Thursday a new hearing date for AB 183 had not yet been set.
We contacted Assemblywoman Ma, asking her when she planned to ask the Appropriations Committee's chairperson to set a new date for the hearing. However, we didn't hear back from her prior to publishing this story.
The Assemblywoman is also the Speaker Pro Tempore of the California State Assembly, which is the number two leadership position in the legislative body, after Assembly Speaker John Perez.
The sale of alcohol at self-service checkout stands is currently legal in California. If the legislation becomes law, it would ban the practice in stores statewide.