TRENTON, NJ – Legislation championed by Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti (D-Bayonne/Jersey City) at the behest of his nine-year-old son was unanimously approved by the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee on Monday.
The bill, A-853, previously introduced during the previous legislative session, would prohibit towns from requiring licenses or permits from anyone under the age of 18 attempting to operate a temporary business.
Calling it a “commonsense response” to an issue that was brought to him in the midst of his son researching a school report said that such efforts by people “instill entrepreneurial spirit and oftentimes are used to raise money for charity.
“Setting up a lemonade stand or mowing a few neighbors’ lawns to earn a little spending money is how many childhood summers are spent,” said Chiaravalloti. “Through these activities, children can learn how to save money and seize an opportunity to fuel their entrepreneurial spirit. Some children even donate their earnings to charity. In the end, they’re just kids who shouldn’t have to pay $100 to $200 in permit costs in order to sell lemonade for a few hours.”
A similar existing law already prohibits municipalities from regulating the solicitation of snow shoveling services.
“I was surprised to hear about stories of children abruptly having their lemonade stands shut down for such a seemingly nonsensical reason,” said Assemblywoman Angela McKnight (D-Bayonne/Jersey City) who is also championing the bill. “The point of a permit is not to prevent kids from selling some lemonade to their neighbors on a hot summer day, but to make sure substantive businesses follow proper rules and regulations. This legislation will make that point absolutely clear.”
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