Texas House passes bill legalizing lemonade stands run by kids; next stop is Senate

The Texas House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill that would legalize lemonade stands run by pint-sized entrepreneurs.

The bill, sponsored by Republican Rep. Matt Krause, sought to legalize what's typically considered a harmless hobby or fundraiser that kids participate in for fun. Lemonade stands and other stands that sold nonalcoholic beverages and were operated by minors were previously illegal in Texas because of sanitation concerns.

On Tuesday, when HB 234 received initial approval, Krause said it was "lemonade freedom day," according to the Dallas News. "It's a great day for our Texas entrepreneurs."

Once the bill passed on Wednesday, the congressman said, "Yesterday was one small step for lemonade, today is one giant leap for young entrepreneurs."

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