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By Roger Harnack

Bill would protect child entrepreneurs selling lemonade

Measure would prohibit local government from requiring licensing


Last updated 1/27/2020 at 3:25pm

OLYMPIA – A bill has been introduced in the state House of Representatives that would protect child entrepreneurs wanting to sell lemonade in the summer or hot chocolate in the winter.

House Bill 2232, introduced by Rep. Luanne Van Werven, R-Lynden, would protect children from overzealous bureaucrats trying to collect business license and other fees, or restrict their ability to occasionally sell non-alcoholic drinks to passersby.

A public hearing on the measure took place Jan. 21.

Under the bill, local governments would be prohibited from enacting or enforcing laws restricting children from selling non-alcoholic drinks at stands on private property. Furthermore, local governments would be prohibited from requiring a license for a child to sell hot or cold beverages.


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