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Texas House Passes Bill Legalizing Lemonade Stands Run by Children

State law currently prohibits the sale of homemade drinks.

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When life gives you lemons, make lemonade—but don't sell it in Texas. At least, not yet. Although state law currently prohibits the sale of homemade drinks, the Texas House of Representatives passed a bill last week legalizing lemonade stands run by children. It now heads to the state Senate.

The legislation would outlaw permit requirements for minors who wish to operate a temporary stand selling lemonade or any other nonalcoholic beverage. In doing so, it would overturn the Texas Food Establishment's ban on the sale of unregulated drinks, which was enacted over health concerns.

"Yesterday was one small step for lemonade, today is one giant leap for young entrepreneurs," Rep. Matt Krause (R–Fort Worth), who championed the bill, said after the House gave its final approval.

A similar law recently passed in Colorado after the police shut down a kid's lemonade stand over licensing woes. The makeshift business was operating next to a festival where adults were selling the same beverage.

The Dallas Morning News highlights that several young lemonade vendors across Texas have met the same fate. Unaware that their business endeavors were in violation of state law, sisters Andria, 8, and Zoey Green, 7, had their stand shuttered in 2015 by police who noted that they were operating without a permit.

Krause's bill has drawn cheers from Texas politicians, including Land Commissioner George P. Bush, who tweeted a video of him patronizing a lemonade stand outside of his office.

"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," said Bush in the video. "I'm encouraging my fellow Texans to support this piece of legislation that goes far to build imagination and creativity in our great state."

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott took to Twitter to voice his approval as well. "It's a shame that a law for this is even needed," he said.

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  1. The legislation would outlaw permit requirements for minors who wish to operate a temporary stand selling lemonade or any other nonalcoholic beverage.

    “CBD OIL SHAKS 75 SENTS!”

    1. OH NO! FAKE LEMONS ARE GONNA FLOOD THE MARKET!

  2. You know things are a tad askew when you have to enact such laws.

    1. For reals. One small stepb further backward instead of a giant leap, but that’s the best we can do.

  3. Shame Texas needs a law to keep local jurisdictions in line and stop harassing kid’s small cash businesses.

    1. Texas needs a law to keep local jurisdictions in line and stop harassing kid’s small cash businesses.

      fixed

  4. Oh shit! Is that a plastic straw in that lemonade? Jeebus on a Pogo Stick, we can’t have evil lemonade stands killing our whales and turtles! Ban the lemonade stands! Ban the capitalist children! For Great Justice!

  5. From “Islands of Authority in a Sea of Liberty” to “Islands of Permission in a Sea of Laws and Regulations”.

    Sad that we have come to this.

  6. >>>had their stand shuttered in 2015 by police who noted that they were operating without a permit.

    at least down here in Texas we don’t shoot first and ask oh wait Houston …

  7. This is terrible news. You know what kind of kids open lemonade stands? Entrepreneurial capitalist kids, that’s who. And we all know that while greedy capitalists love money, they love evil more and will cheerfully poison and kill their customers even at the cost of profits. Any child that would open a lemonade stand is a child that needs to be locked up. If he were a decent child, he would spend his energy lobbying the government for free lemonade rather than profiting off the thirst of those without access to affordable lemonade. Hydration is a human right for fuck’s sake, not a means for evil children to profit off the misery of the less-fortunate!

    1. A+ sir

  8. Next time someone says we’re not over-regulated, have ’em read that headline.

  9. When police bust a child’s lemonade stand, remember that is a perfect example for the next time someone says “The law isn’t going to be used for _____. It is only for going after the big fish. Police and the DA are going to use their discretion.”

    There is absolutely no fucking reason that any police officer shouldn’t be able to use their discretion in not busting a child’s lemonade stand.

  10. This is a step in the right direction, obviously. I’d like to hear the reasoning why this only applies to children’s lemonade stands. What if I, as an adult, wanted to sell lemonade? I’m sure nobody involved even bothered to ask because it’s become so ingrained in our culture that government has to save us from these things.

    1. Just hire a 5 year-old to run it.

    2. >> What if I, as an adult, wanted to sell lemonade?

      The adult equivalent is the food cart. Which is banned or under heavy attack in most cities.

      My home town area had a ton of Hispanic immigrants. And ice cream and pan mexicano carts everywhere. I once asked a Hispanic friend about all the carts. He told me, “One hundred bucks and you have a cart and go into business. You are your own man. You don’t make much money, but you have honor and dignity.”

      I look at these carts and trucks differently now. There is dignity in work that welfare and entitlements do not provide. Do you want to help the poor? Let them work!

      I’ll take a thousand Hispanics crossing the border to push food carts over a single white progressive handwringer wanting to pass out my taxes.

      1. Food carts have done more to improve the cuisine around here than anything else, and more than one have leveraged their success into brick-and-mortar locations.

    3. “What if I, as an adult, wanted to sell lemonade?”

      Ask Crusty for tips. His locally sourced back alley lemonade stand is more popular than you’d think

      1. The problem with that is that when you ask Crusty, you always get more than just the tip.

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  12. So once again, the legislature has to pass a law confirming the freedom of US citizens. Each time this happens, at least 15% of the bureaucrats in that level of government should be fired and stripped of their pensions.

  13. State law currently prohibits the sale of homemade drinks.

    So they repealed that whole law then? Oh no, they just made a carve out for kids with lemonade stands. Hooray for freedom!

    “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,” said Bush in the video. “I’m encouraging my fellow Texans to support this piece of legislation that goes far to build imagination and creativity in our great state.”

    And when they turn 18 they can learn the weight of the bureaucratic state as it crushes those dreams and creativity.

    1. Limeade will be addressed in a future legislative session.

      1. Orange vanilla crap a cola?

  14. My guess is that the Texas Food Establishment will appeal. State agencies seem to have an unlimited budget for the court system.

  15. This should be good news, but instead, I think it’s a mistake that they had to pass a law to specifically allow kids to operate lemonade stands. They should have modified or repealed the law that forbid it in the first place.

    1. Do you know how many books need to be reprinted when a law is modified, vs just adding new laws? Much cheaper to add more.

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