Come and Drink It! House Moves Forward Bill to Legalize Lemonade Stands in Texas

AUSTIN — Underage lemonade peddlers would be safe from the law under a new bill passed by the Texas House. House Bill 234, by Rep. Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth, would legalize temporary lemonade stands or stands selling other nonalcoholic drinks that are run by minors. The House will give the bill final approval Wednesday before it moves to the Senate, where Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, is carrying the bill. "Today is lemonade freedom day," Krause said, as he presented his bill. "It's a great day for our Texas entrepreneurs." Though many people in business-loving Texas do not know, lemonade stands are illegal in the state and are not allowed under the Texas Food Establishment Rules because of health concerns. Recently, some unknowing parents eager to encourage their kids have run afoul of the law. Three years ago, for example, police outside Tyler shut down a lemonade stand run by sisters Zoey and Andria Green, ages 7 and 8, because they did not have the proper permits. Krause's bill would let the little entrepreneurs have a taste of Texas' lauded economic freedom. And he's getting support from some high places in Texas state government. Land Commissioner George P. Bush tweeted a video of him buying from a (currently illegal) lemonade stand set up outside his office in Austin. "Can't think of anything more basic, more entrepreneurial, more creative for a child to begin the idea of learning the value of a dollar," Bush said. "I'm encouraging my fellow Texans to support this piece of legislation that goes far to build imagination and creativity in our great state."  Continue reading...

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