WASHINGTON -- Los Angeles County's proposal to make unauthorized vendor lease deals a crime under the California securities law has won widespread support in the state legislature and is speeding towards passage this year.

The bill, which passed the state Assembly on a 75-to-0 vote last month and could clear the Senate as early as this week, has been largely non-controversial. But some critics say it will do little to prevent abusive vendor offerings and will not correct a flaw that created a problem for L.A. County two-and-a-half years ago.

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