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Soured on lemonade stands? Well, it’s tough lemons in Texas

Lukas Loney, 12, and his brother Cooper, 14, don Halloween costumes to attract attention to their lemonade stand at Bernard Street and 20th Avenue on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018. The boys said when they started to wear the costumes, business doubled. “It also gives a smile to the people driving by,” said Cooper. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
Lukas Loney, 12, and his brother Cooper, 14, don Halloween costumes to attract attention to their lemonade stand at Bernard Street and 20th Avenue on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018. The boys said when they started to wear the costumes, business doubled. “It also gives a smile to the people driving by,” said Cooper. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Today’s lighthearted – or shall we say sweet-and-tart – read is courtesy of CNN, and it includes children, lemonade stands and Father’s Day – let’s say it in unison, “Awww” – and, well, Texas.

Here’s the story – sip and savor it:

Sidewalk “speakeasies” are a thing of the past for Texas children.

Gov. Greg Abbott signed a law Monday that prohibits police from shutting down children’s lemonade stands, lemonade in this case being the sweet-and-tart cold beverage and not the sixth hit studio album by Houston, Texas, native Beyonce dropped in 2016.

In a video posted to Twitter, Abbott signed what he called a “common-sense law” with a celebratory tall glass of lemonade, saying, “Cheers.”

The bill was introduced by state Rep. Matt Krause, a Fort Worth Republican. His House Bill 234 legalized the occasional sale of lemonade and other nonalcoholic drink stands run by minors on private property.

Krause told a committee in May that the bill was inspired by a 2015 case in East Texas in which a children’s lemonade stand was shut down. Sisters Andria and Zoey Green set up a traditional neighborhood stand to raise $100 to take their dad to Splash Kingdom for Father’s Day.

According to CNN affiliate KLTV, Overton police showed up about an hour later and shut the lemonade stand down because the Green sisters did not have a “peddler’s permit.”

The lemonade stand law goes into effect Sept. 1.

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