Lemonade stands will soon be legal in Texas

Lemonade stands run by kids will soon be legal in Texas.

“Here is a common sense law,” Gov. Greg Abbott said while signing the bill into law. “We had to pass it because police shut down a lemonade stand here in Texas.”

State Rep. Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth, filed House Bill 234 and shepherded it through the Legislature after learning that lemonade stands in Texas were illegal because of old food establishment rules.

A few years ago, when Tyler police shut down a lemonade standrun by two elementary students who were trying to raise money to take their dad to a water park for Father’s Day

“Kids, cheers,” Abbott said, after signing the bill and holding up a glass of lemonade.

He posted the video of the bill signing on to Twitter.

“Thank you for making it official @GregAbbott_TX!” Krause tweeted. “#LemonadeFreedom is here to stay.”

The lemonade stand law goes into effect Sept. 1.

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Anna M. Tinsley grew up in a journalism family and has been a reporter for the Star-Telegram since 2001. She has covered the Texas Legislature and politics for more than two decades and has won multiple awards for political reporting, most recently a third place from APME for deadline writing. She is a Baylor University graduate.