Ever since police raided one distributor in 2015, consumers of a controversial beverage have been lobbying for leniency, resulting in a bill making it onto the desk of Governor Greg Abbot, who signed it earlier this week.
The State of Texas has decriminalized the sale of lemonade by minors, effective September 1, of this year.
Back in June of 2015, 8-year-old Andria Green and her 7-year-old sister Zoey, were hoping to raise $100 for a special Father’s Day present, a trip to the local water park. To raise the funds, they did what children in America have been doing for generations, they set up a lemonade stand.
After being open for only about an hour, the girls were rousted by Overton police, who shut them down simply because they hadn’t filed for a “Peddlers Permit.”
The piece of paper would have cost the girls more than they were trying to raise. The fee is $150 dollars.
“We had kettle corn and lemonade. The lemonade was for 50 cents and the kettle corn was a dollar, but if you got both it was a dollar,” Zoey told the local news station.
The city graciously agreed to waive the permit fee but it wasn’t long before the sisters hit another roadblock, an okay from the health department.
According to Texas law, you can’t sell “any food items that could spoil without proper temperature control,” including lemonade. They hadn’t had a health inspection.
In Texas, at that time, the law made no exceptions “based on the age of the vendor.”
“I think that’s ridiculous,” their mother, Sandi Evans, relates. “They’re 7 and 8 and they’re just trying to make money for their own cause.”
Chief of Police Clyde Carter wasn’t about to let the girls off the hook.
“We have to follow the state health guidelines. They have to have a permit if they’re going to do the lemonade stands.”
Thanks to responsible lawmakers and a sympathetic Governor, a much more “commonsense” law is now on the books.
“legalizes temporary lemonade stands or other stands selling nonalcoholic beverages operated by minors on private property or public parks.”
America needs more laws like these!
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