House Bill 359 was introduced last session after a New Jersey wrestler was forced to cut his dreadlocks. (Dave Cummings | New Hampshire Bulletin)
There’s a new exemption for young entrepreneurs in New Hampshire: They can sell lemonade without a permit. The exemption applies to other soft drinks, too, as long as they are being sold on family property.
House Bill 183 was signed into law by Gov. Chris Sununu at the end of July and will go into effect on Sept. 28. The exemption extends to those who are under 14 years old; an earlier version of the bill included everyone under the age of 18.
Opponents of the measure had argued that the bill was unnecessary, as municipalities aren’t doling out fines to children for operating a stand. Others argued that the issue is a question of local control, and the state shouldn’t make a sweeping mandate.
The bill’s prime sponsor, Rep. Chris True, a Sandown Republican, said during a hearing on the bill before the Senate Election Law and Municipal Affairs Committee that it makes a statement that government should butt out of children’s lives.
New Hampshire joins other states that have carved out permit exceptions for kids selling lemonade, including Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Illinois, Missouri, Texas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and California.
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