Washington House bill looks to prevent children’s lemonade stands from being shut down

Sliced lemons and lemonade on a dish.
Courtesy of Charity Beth Long

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state Representative Luanne Van Werven has prefiled a bill saying that no county can adopt any measure to prohibit or regulate kids’ lemonade stands.

As the Washington state House of Representatives prepares for the 2020 Regular Session, several bills have been prefiled. One such piece of legislation is House Bill 2232 – “an act relating to the sale of nonalcoholic beverages by a child.”

The bill mandates that no tcounty can adopt or enforce any ordinance, order, resolution or rule to prohibit or regulate the sale of lemonade or other nonalcoholic beverages from stands on private property.

Of course, this bill only applies to kids under the age of 18.

Attempts to prohibit lemonade stands also include, according to the bill, requiring licenses, permits or fees.

This follows an almost age-old conflict between entrepreneurial kiddos and the letter of the law. According to Route Fifty, children’s lemonade stands are technically illegal in 34 states. The law issues almost always boil down to health code violations, child labor laws and business permits.

Now, several state legislatures are considering overturning these rules, spurred further by the ‘Legalize Lemonade’ campaign from Country Time Lemonade.

States like Colorado and Utah have now passed bills that not only legalized lemonade stands, but all ventures or children’s entrepreneurship. Other states including Texas, New York, Wisconsin and Tennessee have opened discussions on the matter, as well.