State lawmakers want to make it easier for young people to set up lemonade stands. Existing state law requires sellers of any age to have a permit, state senators voted in committee to approve a change that allows individuals under 16 to be able to set up in a park or on private property and sell lemonade, kool-aid or water. The idea for the change comes after Hailey Martinez of Kankakee had her lemonade stand shut down by city officials. She testified in front of the Senate Committee and even brought samples for State Senators including Mattie Hunter.
The bill passed out of committee 10 – 0 and now goes to the full Senate for consideration.