While 2020 Democratic presidential candidates travel the country selling big-government policies to the American people, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a stack of bills giving the people of Texas more freedom.
The Texas state legislature recently wrapped up its 2019 legislative session, leaving Abbott with several bills to sign, as the legislature only convenes every two years.
While New York Democrats like Mayor Bill de Blasio and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) work to phase out hot dogs and kill jobs with the Green New Deal, Texas Republicans lifted several regulations from their constituents. Here are a few of the freedom-loving bills Texas just adopted.
After cops shut down a lemonade stand operated by some young entrepreneurs because they didn’t have a permit to run the stand, state Rep. Matt Krause drafted legislation that would allow kids to run a lemonade stand without Uncle Sam ruining their fun.
Abbott signed the bill Monday evening, giving young Texans the ability to operate their lemonade empire without government interference.
It’s now legal for kids to sell lemonade at stands.
We had to pass a law because police shut down a kid’s lemonade stand.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) June 11, 2019
“Here’s a commonsense law. It allows kids to sell lemonade at lemonade stands. We had to pass it because police shut down a lemonade stand here in Texas. So kids, cheers.”
Free Speech on Campus
Across the country, conservative speakers have been banned from speaking on college campuses. Even students have been limited to express their opinions only in “free speech zones,” as to prevent other students from being offended.
That won’t be happening in Texas.
Abbott signed a bill that protects free speech on campuses.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) June 10, 2019
“Some colleges are banning free speech on college campuses. Well, no more because I’m about to sign a law that protects free speech on college campuses in Texas,” Abbott said. “I shouldn’t have to do it. First Amendment guarantees it, but now, it’s law in Texas.”
No More Red-Light Cameras
Red-light cameras have been a foe of libertarians across the United States, as many believe it violates the right to due process for Americans. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) notes that the cameras photograph the vehicle and mail the ticket to whoever owns the car but not necessarily the lawbreaking driver of the vehicle.
Abbott signed a bill outlawing red-light cameras to protect the rights of drivers in Texas.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) June 1, 2019
At-Home Beer and Wine Delivery
As more companies expand delivery options to include almost anything, Texas needed to update its laws to allow the delivery of beer and wine. Abbott signed the bill, allowing beer and wine to be delivered right to the door of thirsty Texans.
Abbott broke the news about the bill’s signing like a late-night commercial, but for freedom.
I just signed a law allowing you to order beer and wine from retailers to be delivered to your home.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) June 3, 2019
“Have you ever ordered food or groceries from a retailer to be delivered to your home and also wish that you could order beer or wine to be delivered to your home? Well, I’m about to sign a law that allows you to do just that. Enjoy responsibly.”
Freedom to Work
Prior to the most recent legislative session, workers in Texas could be kept from obtaining an occupational license — like those needed to work as cosmetologists, dentists, and pharmacists — if the worker defaulted on their student loans.
This kept workers from earning the money needed to pay back those loans.
Abbott signed a bill that would prevent that from happening to future professionals in Texas.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) June 6, 2019
“I’m about to sign a law that ensures that an occupational license cannot be denied or revoked by the state because of default on student loans,” Abbott said. “It protects your right to earn a living.”
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