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Children in Texas soon will be able to open lemonade stands in their neighborhood without worrying about government interference.

Gov. Greg Abbott signed legislation this week that prevents municipalities, neighborhood associations and other local governing bodies from preventing young entrepreneurs from selling lemonade and other non-alcoholic beverages on private property.

Abbott called the legislation a "common sense law."

"It’s now legal for kids to sell lemonade at stands," he wrote on Twitter. "We had to pass a law because police shut down a kid’s lemonade stand."

Abbott was referring to a 2015 case in Overton, Texas, where two girls were ordered to shut down their lemonade stand by the city's police chief.

This year, a 7-year-old Austin boy raised $25,000 after a video of him selling hot chocolate at a neighborhood stand to support President Donald Trump's border wall went viral on social media. People from across the country sent money to support the boy, who also faced criticism from detractors.

Current Texas law requires food and beverage vendors to obtain a health permit before selling their products.

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