In an effort to make Texas the most American place to live, Republican lawmakers within the state are making a serious change to a long present problem that has plagued the children of America.
It may seem like a small thing, but the lemonade state has oftentimes been a child’s first step into the world of business, and the proliferation of the spirit of capitalism. However, time after time, we see stories of children having their lemonade stands shut down thanks to overregulation by government.
Texas has apparently had enough.
According to The Hill, Republicans are getting the government out of the children’s way as the House voted through legislation that would make it completely legal for kids to open and run a lemonade stand without government molestation:
The bill, sponsored by Texas Rep. Matt Krause (R), legalizes temporary lemonade stands and other stands selling nonalcoholic beverages operated by minors on both private property or public parks, The Dallas Morning News reported.
“Today is lemonade freedom day,” Krause said after the bill received initial approval on Tuesday. “It’s a great day for our Texas entrepreneurs.”
The measure overturns a ban from the Texas Food Establishment over heath concerns from homemade drinks.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott celebrated the passage of the bill, noting that it’s a shame that legislation like this even has to exist.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 20, 2019
Texas Land Commissioner Geroge P. Bush also celebrated children’s first steps into running a business.
“Can’t think of anything more basic, more entrepreneurial, more creative for a child to begin the idea of learning the value of a dollar,” Bush said in a video posted to Twitter. “I’m encouraging my fellow Texans to support this piece of legislation that goes far to build imagination and creativity in our great state.”
Today, a very enthusiastic group of entrepreneurs set up shop to sell lemonade to @txglo employees. I stopped by for a glass (or 2). Thanks to @repmattkrause for taking a stand for #LemonadeFreedom #HB234 pic.twitter.com/EjVKhvLeLL
— George P. Bush (@georgepbush) March 19, 2019
Again, this may seem trivial, but a state’s willingness to come down on a child for simply opening up a lemonade stand is a sign that we’ve gotten too comfortable with government overreach in the name of safety. As Abbott suggested, that we need a law in this day and age to prohibit the government to come down on children for serving simple drinks is a sad indicator of how far we’ve strayed from the idea of — not only freedom — but laissez-faire capitalism.
Once again, Texas is proving to be a model for all other states to follow.