Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) has introduced legislation that blocks municipal ordinances from preventing the ability of kids to offer snow shoveling services within 24 hours of an expected snowstorm.
The legislation was drafted in response to recent reports of a pair of high school seniors who were stopped by Bound Brook police and told they could not go door to door without a permit to hand out flyers in an attempt to solicit snow shoveling business for a snowstorm the next morning.
“That teenagers looking to make a few bucks shoveling driveways can be at risk of breaking the law is a sign of how overbearing government has become,” said Doherty. “Instead of learning the value of entrepreneurship and hard work, today’s kids are being taught that the effort isn’t worth it.”
Doherty’s legislation states that “no ordinance regulating solicitation for services shall be applicable to solicitations, whether written or oral, for snow shoveling services made within 24 hours of a snowstorm that has been predicted by a commonly recognized commercial or governmental weather reporting entity.”
Doherty noted that all manner of childhood activities that once served as children’s first exposure to entrepreneurship are under attack.
“I guess snow shoveling has joined lemonade stands as the new target of bureaucrats in the war against teaching kids the value of work,” said Doherty. “We shouldn’t let government criminalize harmless childhood activities that were once rights of passage for tens of millions of American kids.”