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Legalizing Minors' Businesses

Concerning the ability of a minor to operate a business on a limited basis without obtaining the approval of a local government.
2019 Regular Session
Fiscal Policy & Taxes
Local Government
Bill Summary

Prohibition on local government requiring license or permit for a business operated on an occasional basis by a minor - minor business must be located sufficient distance from commercial entity - general police powers still apply. The act prohibits any county, municipality, or city and county (local government) or any agency of a local government from requiring a license or permit for a business that is:

  • Operated on an occasional basis by a minor (a person under the age of 18 years); and
  • Located a sufficient distance from a commercial entity, determined by the local government, that is required to obtain a permit or license from the local government or an agency of the local government to prevent the minor's business from becoming a direct economic competitor of the commercial entity.

The act defines "occasional basis" to mean the business does not operate more than 84 days in any one calendar year.

The act specifies that it does not prohibit a local government from enacting and enforcing local laws under the local government's general police power in regard to the manner in which a business may be conducted by a minor with the exception of a requirement that the minor obtain a permit or license prior to engaging in the business.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


Became Law


Bill Text

  • All Versions (7 )
    Date Bill Type Documents
    04/01/2019 Signed Act PDF
    03/21/2019 Final Act PDF
    03/11/2019 Rerevised PDF
    03/08/2019 Revised PDF
    02/15/2019 Reengrossed PDF
    02/14/2019 Engrossed PDF
    01/23/2019 Introduced PDF


Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Sen. J. Tate, Sen. A. Williams
Rep. T. Carver, Rep. J. Coleman


Sen. J. Cooke, Sen. D. Coram, Sen. L. Court, Sen. L. Crowder, Sen. J. Danielson, Sen. S. Fenberg, Sen. R. Fields, Sen. M. Foote, Sen. L. Garcia, Sen. B. Gardner, Sen. J. Ginal, Sen. J. Gonzales, Sen. D. Hisey, Sen. C. Holbert, Sen. P. Lee, Sen. P. Lundeen, Sen. V. Marble, Sen. D. Moreno, Sen. B. Pettersen, Sen. K. Priola, Sen. R. Rodriguez, Sen. T. Story, Sen. N. Todd, Sen. F. Winter, Sen. R. Woodward, Sen. R. Zenzinger
Rep. J. Arndt, Rep. M. Baisley, Rep. S. Beckman, Rep. P. Buck, Rep. M. Catlin, Rep. T. Geitner, Rep. S. Gonzales-Gutierrez, Rep. S. Humphrey, Rep. L. Landgraf, Rep. C. Larson, Rep. K. Lewis, Rep. S. Lontine, Rep. H. McKean, Rep. P. Neville, Rep. K. Ransom, Rep. J. Rich, Rep. L. Saine, Rep. S. Sandridge, Rep. M. Soper, Rep. K. Van Winkle, Rep. D. Williams, Rep. J. Wilson


Sen. J. Bridges, Sen. B. Rankin, Sen. J. Sonnenberg
Rep. K. Becker, Rep. A. Benavidez, Rep. S. Bird, Rep. R. Bockenfeld, Rep. J. Buckner, Rep. B. Buentello, Rep. Y. Caraveo, Rep. L. Cutter, Rep. M. Duran, Rep. D. Esgar, Rep. T. Exum, Rep. M. Froelich, Rep. R. Galindo, Rep. A. Garnett, Rep. C. Hansen, Rep. L. Herod, Rep. E. Hooton, Rep. D. Jackson, Rep. S. Jaquez Lewis, Rep. C. Kennedy, Rep. C. Kipp, Rep. T. Kraft-Tharp, Rep. L. Liston, Rep. J. McCluskie, Rep. B. McLachlan, Rep. J. Melton, Rep. D. Michaelson Jenet, Rep. K. Mullica, Rep. R. Pelton, Rep. D. Roberts, Rep. J. Singer, Rep. E. Sirota, Rep. M. Snyder, Rep. T. Sullivan, Rep. K. Tipper, Rep. B. Titone, Rep. A. Valdez, Rep. D. Valdez, Rep. M. Weissman, Rep. P. Will

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details