Texas Law Says Towns Can't Shut Down Lemonade Stands Run By Kids
By Bill Galluccio
June 12, 2019
Kids in Texas no longer have to fear local police officers shutting down their lemonade stands thanks to a new law signed by Governor Greg Abbott. He posted a video on Twitter of him signing the bill into law.
"Here's a common sense law. It allows kids to sell lemonade at lemonade stands. We had to pass it because police shut down a lemonade stand here in Texas. So kids... cheers," Abbott said while picking up a tall glass of lemonade.
The bill was introduced to by state Rep. Matt Krause who says the inspiration for the new law was a 2015 incident in which police in the town of Overton shut down a lemonade stand being run by two young girls who were trying to raise money to take their dad to a water park for Father's Day. Officials told them they needed a $150 permit in order to sell lemonade on their front lawn, which was more money than the $100 they had hoped to raise.
The new law will allow children to run a lemonade stand on both private and public property without a permit or fear that local officials will make them pack up and go home.
The law will take effect on September 1st.
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