Calling All Florida Home Bakers - Lets Get The Law Changed!

Business By janelwaters Updated 20 Nov 2013 , 3:43pm by LoveMeSomeCake615

PattyLen Posted 28 Apr 2009 , 11:27pm
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Hi Ladies,

Well, here I am in Tallahassee reading and getting really excited. I think it's a great idea. In fact, I had lunch today with my cousin, who works for Gov. Christ. I shared with her the gist of this thread.

Her advice was that we don't rush to get letters in by the end of this week. Since the Session is drawing to a close, the Legislators are focusing on what is currently before them for passage. She suggested that we focus on sending letters of support and finding someone to sponsor the bill shortly after the Session ends. In fact, with the state of the economy and budget, it may well be that there will be a special session specifically to handle budget issues.

She seemed to think that the letters would have a greater impact when the legislators aren't focused on issues that they have to act on now.

Hope that the information is helpful.
Patty Len

sandykay Posted 29 Apr 2009 , 2:06am
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I hope this might be helpful. http://myflorida.com/ on the lower right side of the page you can enter your zip code and it will give you a list of your reps.

janelwaters Posted 29 Apr 2009 , 2:33am
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Patty! you are my hero!! I have been dying to find SOMEONE who has some personal connection to anyone in government - this is beautiful!! thank you so much!!!

I just wanted to start getting the letters out as soon as possible - I wasn't even thinking about the fact that they are currently in session - I was thinking by February and we seemed to have momentum right now. But you are totally right!! They are focused on what they are working on now.

Does she know of anyone that would sponsor a bill - I think that is our biggest first obstical!

cata262 Posted 29 Apr 2009 , 3:42am
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Im telling all my friends/bakers to join the cause. Im getting so excited!!!!

kayla1505 Posted 29 Apr 2009 , 4:10am
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sandykay thank you for the link, i didnt know where to look for the rep info icon_smile.gif

GayeG Posted 29 Apr 2009 , 11:51am
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What should we do that we've ALLREADY emailed ALL them?? Should we send again in a month? If we do, then how much stock will they put in another letter that says the SAME thing??? hmmmmmmmm

GayeG Posted 29 Apr 2009 , 11:55am
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Originally Posted by PattyLen

Hi Ladies,

Well, here I am in Tallahassee reading and getting really excited. I think it's a great idea. In fact, I had lunch today with my cousin, who works for Gov. Christ. I shared with her the gist of this thread.

Her advice was that we don't rush to get letters in by the end of this week. Since the Session is drawing to a close, the Legislators are focusing on what is currently before them for passage. She suggested that we focus on sending letters of support and finding someone to sponsor the bill shortly after the Session ends. In fact, with the state of the economy and budget, it may well be that there will be a special session specifically to handle budget issues.

She seemed to think that the letters would have a greater impact when the legislators aren't focused on issues that they have to act on now.

Hope that the information is helpful.
Patty Len




Patty! Thats awesome info!!! Storm the Capitol as Janel said!!! hahaha

And just a FYI: Althought the Gov THINKS he might be the ALLMIGHTY ... he REALLY just Gov "Crist"!!! hahahahaha

janelwaters Posted 29 Apr 2009 , 12:10pm
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I would suggest that if you haven't heard anything in a couple weeks then lets resend the letters. I am going to hit up my friends and family at the end of the month to get their support letters out. Instead of trying to get them to do it now.


Even though we seem to have a little inside information for the Governor's office - we really need someone to sponsor the bill.


I also think it would be a fantastic idea if someone could do some research to find out all the major food corporations that were started as small home enterprises - especially baked goods.

I will keep checking in, but there really isn't much more that I can do until after Friday afternoon. I have to get a pirate cake done for one of my daughter's lil boyfriends! Last week was a jungle cake and this week its Pirates! It would be so nice if I could actually get paid for this work!! but I guess right now its just a really great b-day gift!

mazz Posted 29 Apr 2009 , 12:46pm
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Here is a list of the Representatives they gave us for the Save the Schools rally here in Brevard County - Hope it helps.

Let them know how you feel by contacting our representatives:

Charlie.Crist@myflorida.com
altman.thad.web@flsenate.gov
haridopolos.mike.web@flsenate.gov
ralph.poppell@myfloridahouse.gov
ritch.workman@myfloridahouse.gov
johntobia@myfloridahouse.gov
steve.crisafulli@myfloridahouse.gov
debbie.mayfield@myfloridahouse.gov
Commissioner@fldoe.org

PattyLen Posted 29 Apr 2009 , 12:50pm
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I'll follow up with her in the next day or so. She's just getting back into the swing of work after surgery on a broken leg. And, she has several bill's that she's following right now.

She said she'd be happy to advise us when necessary. Also, said she'd think about who we might approach to sponsor the bill.

Getting organized right now is the key to successful passage of a bill next spring. It wouldn't hurt to have a marketing plan so that we can keep our issue in their minds over the next year. Maybe even plan to send them some of our homemade goodies.

We're just getting started!
Pat

linedancer Posted 29 Apr 2009 , 1:02pm
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PattyLen, thanks so much for your willingness to help and also thank your friend. You both are awesome icon_biggrin.gif Let me know what I can do to help.

SaraClassic Posted 29 Apr 2009 , 1:20pm
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Ok - I emailed my rep, my senator, my congressman, the governor and the lt governor!

Lets see what happens!!




North Florida here...Im In ! Let us know those emails and we can get on emais too. I plan on making a non-baker form for all my friends and family and possibly customers too, Im sure I can get 10 of those sent!

nefgaby Posted 29 Apr 2009 , 1:21pm
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I'm in Jacksonville, count me in ... just please, tell me where to start icon_smile.gif

pianocat Posted 29 Apr 2009 , 2:22pm
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I have e-mailed letters to Haridopolos and Altman from Brevard County. Will send more.

GayeG Posted 29 Apr 2009 , 4:40pm
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OK! Lets NOT forget all the BIG people out there!!!

president@whitehouse.gov

vice.president@whitehouse.gov

Mrs. Obama .. http://www.capwiz.com/politicsol/webreturn/?url=http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

Dr. Jill Biden .. http://www.capwiz.com/politicsol/webreturn/?url=http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

You can also use the last 2 forms to email your letters to Obama and Biden if you'd rather

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cakedoll Posted 29 Apr 2009 , 6:11pm
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I am hoping (on the suggestion of another CC member, thank you Parable!) that someone knows of a really good attorney or a lobbiest etc. that can help us through all the red tape.

I am also hoping that someone personally knows a legislator, senator, congressman, mayor, the Governer etc....

I think that would move things along pretty quickly for us.

ok people - get those letters out and email everyone you know in Florida and pm all the people that you know on CC in Florida.




I called my attorney this morning and am waiting for a call back. He thinks the idea is very feasible but it is not his area of expertise and is going to refer me to one that can at least point us directly where we need to go.

Hopefully, I hear back today and can call and get an appointment for a consultation quickly.

GayeG Posted 29 Apr 2009 , 6:16pm
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Awesome work Cakedoll!! Cant wait to see how that turns out! Please post again when you hear something!!

One small step for Cakekind ....

janelwaters Posted 29 Apr 2009 , 6:26pm
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That would be so fantastic!!!!!! icon_biggrin.gif

Let us know what comes of it!!

cakedoll Posted 29 Apr 2009 , 6:42pm
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Oh, don't worry. I'm walking around with the phone on my hip....lol

fb_cake_diva Posted 29 Apr 2009 , 10:16pm
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I'm still catching up on all the posts, but I have to say...YOU LADIES ROCK!!! icon_lol.gif

GayeG Posted 30 Apr 2009 , 12:16pm
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Anything this morning Cakedoll?? Did you ever get a call back??? Or did you sleep with your phone!? icon_wink.gif

janelwaters Posted 30 Apr 2009 , 12:29pm
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Or did you sleep with your phone!? icon_wink.gif




hahaha - you crack me up!!

For those of you that live in the Jacksonville area (Fernandina and St Augustine included) please visit the local ICES chapter website and PLEASE join us for our next meeting www.sagnfl.com. If you don't live in the Jax area please contact your local cake club/ICES chapter to reach out to those not on CC.

I have not heard anything from any of the letters that I sent out - but I am not suprised or discouraged by that given that they are currently in session. I will resend my letters at the end of May if I haven't heard anything and I will get my friends and family to start sending out the non-baker letters of support.

cakedoll Posted 30 Apr 2009 , 1:18pm
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I didn't hear back yesterday...I guess he was in court in the afternoon...so I called back this morning and talked to his assistant. She said to call her back before 5 p.m. today (he's going to be in and out all day again) and she would have a referral for me. So that's all I have for right now...dang it!!

I've been handing out non-baking letters with stamped envelopes to anyone I think would send them in.

I'm also trying to get in touch with an acquaintance in the area (friend of a friend type thing) who started classes and baking recently and has some legal ties. She's really into cakes and I'll refer her to this site and this thread. I'd be surprised if she wouldn't be interested.

rockytop Posted 1 May 2009 , 12:36pm
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does any one any new updates...

GayeG Posted 1 May 2009 , 12:58pm
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Well, No new updates for me - except FINALLY I can actually see what I'm posting!! =) Thats why I gave it a few daze b4 I came back!

Still anxiously awaiting to hear what or if anything cakedoll might have found out!

Still havent heard back from the countless calls and emails I did earlier this week .. but since they are all in session right now, I really didnt expect too. Like Janel allready said .. If I dont hear from someone soon .. Im emailing and calling all them again at the end on this month icon_smile.gif
They might put up the bill just to shut me up!!! hahaha

So the answer to your question rockytop is ........... NOPE! Sorry icon_sad.gif

rockytop Posted 1 May 2009 , 1:30pm
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I went to my local cake shop. When I mentioned what we were trying to do I reiceved a cold reception, follwed by sorry cant help but GOOD LUCK. I was disappointed by the response , but it just gave me more desire to get this law passed.

GayeG Posted 1 May 2009 , 1:49pm
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That doesnt surprise me at all! There was a post on page 1 or 2 that said something to the affect that we needed to be careful so's not to step on any toes in the process ... I personally can "see" why they wouldnt want home bakers to be licensed BUT I also think that it not only would it be good for state revenue BUT for our 'own' economic recession we're ALL in - bakery's included! Hopefully there will be ppl out there who will support our efforts - for the better of everyone!!! *whew* I feel better!! icon_wink.gif

And Janel getting the local ICES chapter involved was awesome!! They have a LARGE voice and thats JUST what we need!! LOUD MOUTHS!! hahaha

conchita Posted 1 May 2009 , 1:59pm
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i wish we could do it in Southern California too

GayeG Posted 1 May 2009 , 2:03pm
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Thats where it ALL starts conchita .. with a wish and a dream! I've said all my life, that IF your gonna dream .. dream BIG!

rockytop Posted 1 May 2009 , 2:11pm
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What is the ICES??? and do you know if there is one in S. Fl

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