Two sisters set up a lemonade stand in Overton four years ago and were shut down by the police. Now, a bill has been signed that will prevent such a future possibility.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill into law that will protect kids’ lemonade stands when operated on private property or in public parks, which will take effect Sept. 1.
In 2015, sisters Zoey and Andria set up the stand to raise money for a Father’s Day trip. However, it was shut down by the police for lacking a permit as well as safety concerns for the placement of the stand.
“I wasn’t going to take ‘No’ for an answer,” Sandi Green-Netherland, the girls’ mother, said. “I knew it would be changed.”
Green-Netherland said her daughters are “tickled to death” about the new bill and are excited to have “made history.”
“We knew it was something that was not going to happen overnight,” she said.
The support took off four years ago because not a lot of people knew it was illegal to operate a lemonade stand before, she said. Lemonade stands are also illegal in other states and said she hopes they will follow Texas’ move.
Green-Netherland said her now 11- and 12-year-old daughters each have a message for kids who want to set up their own lemonade stands: Zoey wants them to stay safe and keep their stand clean, and Andria is excited that there are no longer any consequences.