BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s neighborhood lemonade stands will soon be off-limits for ticketing.

Lawmakers have given final passage to a bill exempting minors engaging in sales of less than $500 a year from having to pay an occupational license tax.

Sen. Gary Smith, a Norco Democrat, says he introduced the measure after municipal officials have written tickets to children for not having an occupational license to sell lemonade at their local stands.

Stunned — and dismayed — lawmakers unanimously approved the bill in both the House and Senate. A 35-0 vote Monday in the Senate sent the measure to Gov. John Bel Edwards, who intends to sign it into law.

The new law will take effect Aug. 1.


Senate Bill 99: