Time to Squeeze Out the Competition: House Approves Bill to Help Kidpreneurs

(Mar. 11) – The House gave final approval to a bipartisan bill sponsored by Rep. James Coleman, D-Denver, to allow children to operate a temporary business, such as a lemonade stand, without a license.

“I’m proud to work on this bill that will help encourage our kidpreneurs and allow their creativity to flow,” said Rep. Coleman. “Ultimately, it will allow Colorado’s young people to build new skills and experiences, to start their own businesses or to raise funds for a good cause.”

SB19-103 would allow small and temporary businesses such as lemonade stands, snow removal, and other kid-owned businesses across Colorado to operate without licensing requirements. These businesses must operate for fewer than 84 days each year and be located at a proper distance from other businesses to avoid unfair competition.

The bill arose from an incident last Memorial Day with a family with three young boys who tried to have a lemonade stand but were shut down by police due to the lack of a license. The House co-prime sponsor is Rep. Terri Carver, R-El Paso. The bill passed unanimously through the Senate with sponsors Sen. Angela Williams, D-Denver, and Sen. Jack Tate, R-Centennial.

The bill passed out of the House with a bipartisan, unanimous vote. It now heads to the Governor’s desk for signature.

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