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Texas law prohibits police from shutting down kids' lemonade stands

Posted at 9:55 AM, Jun 12, 2019

Sidewalk "speakeasies" are a thing of the past for Texas children.

Gov. Greg Abbott signed a law Monday that prohibits police from shutting down children's lemonade stands.

In a video posted to Twitter, Abbott signed what he called a "common-sense law" with a celebratory tall glass of lemonade, saying, "Cheers."

The bill was introduced by state Rep. Matt Krause, a Fort Worth Republican. His House Bill 234 legalized the occasional sale of lemonade and other nonalcoholic drink stands run by minors on private property.

Krause told a committee in May that the bill was inspired by a 2015 case in East Texas in which a children's lemonade stand was shut down . Sisters Andria and Zoey Green set up a traditional neighborhood stand to raise $100 to take their dad to Splash Kingdom for Father's Day.

According to CNN affiliate KLTV , Overton police showed up about an hour later and shut the lemonade stand down because the Green sisters did not have a "peddler's permit."

The lemonade stand law goes into effect September 1.

The Green sisters are planning a large lemonade stand celebration in September, according to their mom's Facebook page.