Great news, children of Texas: Your unlicensed lemonade stands soon won’t be criminal enterprises.
Gov. Greg Abbott late Monday signed a bill that prohibits cities and neighborhood associations from enacting rules that block or regulate children trying to sell nonalcoholic drinks such as lemonade on private property. The law targets local health codes and neighborhood rules that intentionally or unintentionally ban the stands or require permits for them to operate.
Support for such a law in Texas began to grow in 2015, when police in the East Texas town of Overton allegedly shut down a lemonade stand run by two young siblings who were trying to earn money to buy a Father's Day present.
The bill, authored by state Rep. Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth, passed unanimously in both chambers. Abbott signed the bill in a video he posted on Twitter.
"Here is a common-sense law," he said in the video.