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Texas closer to stopping squeeze on kids’ lemonade stands

March 20, 2019

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — House lawmakers in Texas have voted to protect the right of kids to run lemonade stands without fear of being shut down by police.

Fort Worth Republican Rep. Matt Krause’s bill passed 144-2 on Wednesday. It still needs to move through the Senate before heading to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk.

The measure comes after Texas police shut down a lemonade stand run by two girls in 2015. The new Texas law would legalize temporary lemonade stands or other stands selling nonalcoholic beverages operated by minors on private property or public parks.

A similar bill was filed in Minnesota after a Minneapolis 13-year-old nearly had his hot dog stand shut down.

Lemonade stands are currently illegal in Texas because homemade drinks are banned due to health concerns.

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