Patrick signs price sticker bill

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed a bill Tuesday that removes a requirement that food store owners place individual price stickers on each item for sale in their shops.

The law allows store owners to instead place price scanners throughout their stores. Customers can use the scanners to determine an item’s cost.

Store owners said it will save them the expense of having to put stickers on everything in their shops.

But consumer advocates said scanners can be unreliable, forcing consumers to play “guess the price” before heading to the checkout line.

The state Senate approved the bill Monday. The House previously backed it.