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Bill would allow snow cone stands to open year round

A bill extending snow cone stand service hours passed a House committee Tuesday, and one Oklahoma-City based service provider is excited for the possibilities that change could bring.

The bill, authored by Rep. Lonnie Sims, R-Jenks, would allow snow cone stands serving hot beverages to apply for a $200 multi-season license so they can stay open year round. It passed unanimously out of the House Public Health Committee.

Whitley O’Connor helps run two prominent programs in Oklahoma City employing low-income youth and those working to transition out of homelessness - Sasquatch Shaved Ice and the Curbside Chronicle.

O’Connor said he advocated for the bill so Sasquatch Shaved Ice, a snow cone stand in the Plaza District, could provide opportunities year round.

“This would impact all snow cone stands, but most of them employ high school students who go back to school after the summer,” O’Connor said. “But a lot of our youth are out of high school and looking for what they want to do next, whether that is a career or higher education.

“Going into the winter means we can work longer with the youth, and we can work with more youth."

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Kimberly Rodriguez, 15, makes a snow cone as she works inside the Sasquatch Shaved Ice snow cone stand in the Plaza District in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Kimberly Rodriguez, 15, makes a snow cone as she works inside the Sasquatch Shaved Ice snow cone stand in the Plaza District in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

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Kayla Branch

Kayla Branch covers county government and poverty for The Oklahoman. Branch is a native Oklahoman and graduate of the University of Oklahoma. She joined The Oklahoman staff in April 2019. Read more ›

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