Bill Would Cut Red Tape for Kid Entrepreneurs

Washington Free Beacon | 2/16/2019 | Derek Draplin -
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A bill that would allow Colorado minors to operate lemonade stands and other small businesses in the state without being required to obtain licenses or permits is being considered by the General Assembly.

The bill is in part a response to a story about Stapleton kids selling lemonade over Memorial Day weekend last year, only to be shut down by Denver police after vendors at the Denver Arts Festival reported the kids, according to The Denver Post. The kids were told they needed three different permits to operate legally, one of which would cost $100 per day.

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In September, Denver City Council passed an ordinance to exempt lemonade stands from food licensing laws. The bill being considered by the legislature looks to make a measure similar to the City Council’s lemonade stand exemption statewide.

Senate Bill 19-103 would prohibit counties and municipalities in the state from requiring minors who run small businesses to obtain licenses or permits. To be exempt, the businesses must operate on an "occasional basis," which the bill defines as not operating more than 84 days in a year.

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Denver ABC 7 reported that young entrepreneurs set up stands inside of the Capitol on Monday to show their support for the bill.

During a Senate Business, Labor, & Technology Committee hearing on Monday, Sen. Angela Williams, D-Denver, who sponsored the bill and chairs the...
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