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Lawmakers give first approval to ‘lemonade stand’ bill

Posted at 8:02 PM, Feb 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-02 14:08:24-04

DENVER-  A bill that would allow anyone under the age of 18 to run a business without purchasing a license passed a Senate committee on Monday.

The legislation, inspired by a group of kids trying to run a lemonade stand in Denver.

Many kids who testified in Monday’s committee participated in a “Kid’s Expo Day” at the capitol.

“I believe that this bill is very important,” said Hannah Reyes, a 12-year-old girl running her own business in Greenwood Village in Colorado.

Reyes, one of a few kids who testified to a Senate committee, says she is eager to continue her business of making hair accessories.

“Kids need the opportunity to start learning at a very early age to gain important life skills, like being independent because when you grow up you’re not necessarily always going to have help from others,” said Reyes.

The bill is primarily sponsored by Senator Angela Williams (Denver- D), in the house Colorado Springs Representative Terri Carver (R) is listed as a prime sponsor.