Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, signed a bill on Monday that legalizes temporary lemonade stands -- and other stands selling nonalcoholic drinks -- run by minors on private property or in public parks.
"Here's a common sense law. We had to pass it because police shut down a lemonade stand here in Texas. " Abbott said before signing the legislation into law and then holding a glass of lemonade in a video posted to Twitter. "So kids... cheers."
In 2015, police in the East Texas town of Overton shuttered a lemonade stand run by two sisters because the pair lacked a $150 peddlers' permit.
The Texas law comes as several kid-run lemonade stands across the country have been shut down because of complaints or a lack of licensure. In 2018, police in a Denver suburb closed a boy's stand after he couldn't produce a permit following a complaint from a neighbor.
A Florida homeowners association in 2015 shut down an 11-year-old boy's lemonade business venture because he set it up in the wrong spot.
The new Texas law takes effect Sept. 1.