Published: 7:01 AM CDT March 22, 2019
Updated: 7:01 AM CDT March 22, 2019
Pint-sized entrepreneurs in Texas may soon have the law on their side the next time they go to set up a lemonade stand.
House Bill 234 would block cities and counties in the Lone Star State from enforcing or adopting ordinances that stop children from selling lemonade, or other non-alcoholic beverages, while on private property or in public parks.The measure, filed by Fort Worth Rep. Matt Krause, would also make it illegal for kids under 18 to need a license, permit or fee to occasionally sell lemonade.
The proposal comes after a number of instances across the country where kids had their lemonade stands shut down or faced fines for not having the right licenses or permits. Lawmakers in Colorado recently approved a similar bill.
Opponents say the bill could be too broad, potentially creating an unintended loophole for the unregulated sale of items needing special storage, according to a bill analysis from the Texas House.RELATED: Do you need a permit to sell lemonade? Country Time says you shouldn't, offers to cover fines
Texas House lawmakers overwhelmingly approved the measure this week, 144-2.
The bill now goes to the Texas Senate. If approved, it would take effect on September 1.