You know how they say everything is bigger and better in Texas? I am beginning to believe that is true!
Texas Governor Greg Abbot signed a bill this week that will be big among children in the southern state. In what he calls a "common sense law," Abbot passed a new law that prevents children's lemonade stands from being shut down.
He tweeted out a video talking about the new law and wrote, "It’s now legal for kids to sell lemonade at stands. We had to pass a law because police shut down a kid’s lemonade stand. Thanks to @RepMattKrause. #txlege #LEMONADE."
It’s now legal for kids to sell lemonade at stands.
We had to pass a law because police shut down a kid’s lemonade stand.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) June 11, 2019
My question: When can we expect this to be passed in other states?
The bill was introduced by Fort Worth Republican State Rep. Matt Krause. It proposed that the sale of lemonade and other non-alcoholic beverages on private property and in public parks would be allowed. It would also prevent homeowner associations from drafting rules that would prevent neighborhood lemonade stands. It was sent to the governor, who signed it with a bit of humor, ending his video with, “cheers.”
According to KERANEWS.org, Krause told a committee in May that the legislation was spurred in part by an East Texas case in which a lemonade stand was shut down.
That happened in Overton in 2015. Zoey and Andria Green set up a lemonade stand to raise money to go to Splash Kingdom for a day with their dad. However, a code enforcement officer said they had to have a permit to sell lemonade, and shut them down.
Sandi Evans, the girls' mother, said that they were heavily critiqued by member of Overton, claiming that they were “bringing hatred to the community" for opposing law enforcement for shutting down the lemonade stand. I think any parent would have done the same though. What harm is a lemonade stand, really? It would be the same concept as shutting down a yard sale.
Evans said, “If we can make change for all the children in Texas to have a legal lemonade stand, then I will take this brutal beating from this community.”
I think this is a wonderful, innocent law that has been passed, and I think most Americans can agree.