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Gov. Polis signs ‘lemonade stand’ bill into law

Posted at 12:16 PM, Apr 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-02 14:16:41-04

COLORADO SPRINGS – Governor Polis signed the so-called “lemonade stand” bill into law Monday night, which allows children to operate temporary businesses without a license.

Senate Bill 19-103 allows anyone under the age of 18 to operate a business that doesn’t operate for more than 84 days in a calendar year.

The bill bans licensing and permitting laws that bar unlicensed businesses run by minors. The bill argued that kids operating businesses teaches them important economic lessons and provides them an opportunity to make money. It does require the businesses to be “located a sufficient distance from a commercial entity.”

The new law comes in response to the outpouring of support children in Denver received after police had to shut down their lemonade stand last summer for operating without a business license.

The bill was sponsored by Senator Angela Williams (Denver- D) and Colorado Springs Representative Terri Carver (R).