Two state senators want to protect the right of Minnesota kids to operate lemonade or hot dog stands without fear of the police.
Republicans Roger Chamberlain and Linda Runbeck have authored a bill to allow children 14 and under to operate temporary stands without permits. It passed a Senate committee last week and awaits floor action.
Joining them to support the bill were a dozen kids who would rather not be treated like felons for splashing sunshine into a cup.
The senators cite the case last year of a Minneapolis 13-year-old who nearly had his hot dog stand shut down. Instead, police paid for a permit so Jaequan Faulkner could stay in business. They also cite similar incidents in five other states.
Here's the Jaequan story (which had a very happy ending).
Meantime, several states are also crafting bills inspired by Utah's Free-Range Parenting Law that passed unanimously last year. If you think your state -- or town -- might want to pass a law like that, or even a proclamation, as in "Our town proudly declares we WANTS our kids to be out and about" -- here's our policy info page, chock full of things like a model bill, editorials endorsing the idea, a chart of America's crime rate (down, even though people think it's up), and a worry vs. reality chart that provides facts when people are afraid of giving kids back the chance to do anything on their own.
Including sell a glass of lemonade.