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Bill that would let kids operate lemonade stands in Colorado to be discussed by lawmakers

The bill comes after police shut down a lemonade stand in Stapleton last year.

Colorado lawmakers are poised to discuss a bill to protect small - maybe even the smallest - businesses in the state. 

Senate Bill 103 called "Legalizing Minors' Businesses" would allow kids to operate a small business without worries that police would shut them down.

The bill prohibits any county or city from requiring a license or permit for people younger than 18 who are running a temporary business, which is defined as no more than 84 consecutive days. 

The bill comes after police shut down a lemonade stand in Stapleton last year. Three boys and their mom set up a lemonade stand near a Denver arts festival.

Someone complained and police shut it down after finding the boys had no permit.

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The kids already changed Denver's ordinances. The city council passed new rules allowing kids to legally operate lemonade stands in Denver.

The exact verbiage in Denver's bill allows a "children's neighborhood beverage stand" and stipulates that the people running it must be younger than 17, be in a residential neighborhood and be at least 200 feet away from any other vendor that's selling drinks.

SB19-103 is sponsored by Sens. Angela Williams and Jack Tate and Reps. James Coleman and Terri Carver.

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