Kids in New Jersey can now mow lawns and open lemonade stands without a business permit.
The change comes thanks to recently re-elected Governor Phil Murphy, who signed a measure into law on Monday allowing children to run pop-up businesses without municipal approval via permits or licenses. Got it. In many states, the law technically still requires local governments to sign off on such activities.
In defense of such laws, state officials have pointed to concerns over child labor or health-code violations. Warren Hunterdon Daily Voice. New Jersey now joins the rest of the tri-state area, New York and Connecticut, in freeing kids up to mow the lawn or shovel snow without filing paperwork.
State Senator Michael J. Doherty was among five Trenton lawmakers sponsoring the measure.
“There’s an endless stream of stories from across the country about children being harassed by local officials for running lemonade without a permit,” said Doherty, a Republican. “Instead of providing children with a place to learn about entrepreneurship, they are being taught harsh lessons about the heavy hand of government by overzealous bureaucrats.”
Doherty first began pursuing the issue in 2016, when two teenagers were asked by police officers to stop offering door-to-door snow shoveling service. The measure he sponsored at the time was enacted and called the “Right to Shovel” Act. The new law was an extension of the original, which was developed to include any type of business or service that could be run by children.
Doherty continued, “No one is getting sick because the six-year-old lemonade stand hasn’t had a health inspection, and professional vendors can’t be put out of business for $5.” “Unfortunately, those are the exact excuses townsfolk use to smack on entrepreneurial kids from coast to coast. This is complete bullshit that should never be tolerated in New Jersey and I’m glad Governor Murphy agrees. “
newsweek The governor reached out to Murphy for comment.
In 2018, then-New York Governor Andrew Cuomo offered to pay the fee for a permit for 7-year-old Brendan Mulvaney’s lemonade stand. The stand was closed by a health inspector for not being allowed to operate in the town of Ballston Spa. This came after several complaints were filed by vendors at the nearby Saratoga County Fair, who alleged that the boy was competing with their businesses.
“If a permit is required, I will personally pay for any required fees,” Cuomo said. “We support Brendan’s entrepreneurial spirit and wish him the best.”