New Texas Law Would Protect Right of Kids to Run Lemonade Stands
A new law passed by the Texas House Wednesday would protect the right of kids to run lemonade stands.
I know this seems like a no-brainer, but current health regulations in Texas make it illegal for anyone to sell homemade drinks in public without a permit.
The bill, eloquently titled "An act relating to the local regulation of the sale of lemonade and other beverages by children", passed with 144 votes in favor and 2 votes against. (I can't prove it, but I wonder if the two nays are in the pocket of Big Lemonade.)
If the Texas Senate approves the legislation (also known as House Bill 234) and Governor Greg Abbott gives it the OK, kids won't have to fear G-men showing up and shutting down their operation.
"Notwithstanding any other law," the bill reads, "a municipality, county, or other local public health authority may not adopt or enforce an ordinance, order, or rule that prohibits or regulates, including by requiring a license, permit, or fee, the occasional sale of lemonade or other nonalcoholic beverages from a stand on private property by an individual younger than 18 years of age."
If the bill passes, it'll go into effect on September 1, 2019. That's a little late in the summer, but given that summer in Texas doesn't end until around Christmas time anyway, kids should have plenty of time to set up shop and make a little pocket money slingin' lemonade.
Mm-MH! Tastes like freedom to me!