Last week, former state senator Konni Burton sat down with state Representative Matt Krause (R-Fort Worth) to discuss how he discovered his personal convictions, the reasoning behind some of his more controversial legislation, his take on the new Texas House speaker, and the unpredictable twists and turns in the Krause family March Madness tradition.
“The lemonade stand bill, as symbolic as it seems and as good-natured as it seems, has some real-world purposes,” said Krause in response to the way some have downplayed the legislation’s importance. HB 234 would restrict the ability of local authorities to regulate minors from setting up lemonade stands.
He even cited the president of Lemonade Day, who testified in Austin supporting the legislation: “The percentage of kids who grow up to become entrepreneurs who have had a lemonade stand is exponentially greater than those who… never had a lemonade stand.”
In the midst of his fourth term, Rep. Krause also spoke about the differences between this session and previous ones. He noted the change in dynamics within the Texas Freedom Caucus (of which he is a member) as well as the change in tone between former House Speaker Joe Straus and current Speaker Dennis Bonnen.
Watch the interview in full below.
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Ben Billups is the Marketing Manager for The Texan. After earning his degree in Economics from Thomas Edison State University, he served as a policy analyst for Texas’ 85th Legislature and later operated an outlet for veteran investigative journalists. Ben is a native Texan, an award-winning filmmaker, and actively competes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.