My state representative, Eric Proctor is going to file a new bill for us to try to get home bakers in the state of OK legalized. He has asked that we contact committee members and ask them for a yes vote on the committee substitute for HB2771 and for the bill in the economic development and financial services committee. Here is the contact info:
John Auffet 405-557-7394 firstname.lastname@example.org George Faught 405-557-7310 email@example.com Guy Liebmann 405-577-7357 firstname.lastname@example.org John Carey 405-577-7366 email@example.com Charles Key 405-577-7354 firstname.lastname@example.org Skye McNiel 405-577-7353 skye.mcniel Lewis Moore 405-577-7400 email@example.com Pat Ownbey 405-577-7367 firstname.lastname@example.org Mike Shelton 405-577-7367 email@example.com Danny Morgan 405-577-7368 firstname.lastname@example.org Ron Peters 405-577-7359 email@example.com Jabar Shumate 405-577-7406 firstname.lastname@example.org
Let's show them that we mean business. I know we can get this done. Please get everyone you know to contact these representatives. We passed in this committee last time. Let's do it one more time. Go Okies!!!!
Do you know if this bill will come around again in 2011? I am a "hobby baker" and only do gluten-free products. Renting a commercial facility on occasion would be detrimental to me, as I would no longer have a GF environment. Contamination from wheat and other gluten-containing products would be a health hazard to my target audience. My home would truly be the most logical place for me to bake. My current situation would prohibit me from going into business "full-time".... I want to be able to legally sell, and cater to the special health needs of a specific group of people.
all of them emailed!!! we need to get this passed!!!! renting a commercial kitchen kills any profits i ever would have made!!! i have literally gone back to just baking for friends and family, would love to have a shop but just not economically possible!!! not right now at least!
You'll probably want to send an email after the election, most politicians will be in campaign mode for the next week.
Re the previous comment, it is certainly possible to make a profit when renting a commercial kitchen, it's just another cost to consider when setting prices and putting together a business plan.
And for the gluten-free baker, there are some commercial kitchens that offer partitioned workspaces. We have been making gluten-free products for years out of a rented kitchen with this configuration, sharing space is not a big deal as long as you are careful about sanitizing. Another GF baker in the area operates in a more open rented kitchen, but she has a clause in her contract that no one else can use the kitchen during her designated hours.
Just wanted to fill you in with the most recent info on the home baking bill. My representative will file the bill again in the state house in dec. The earliest it will be heard in committee will be feb. Where in OK are you? I will add information as it is available to me. Your help will be greatly appreciated.
suz3, it sounds like the TX and OK bills will be going through our respective legislatures at the same time next year. Hopefully we will both be able to use that for added support!
Michigan passed its Cottage Food Law this year. So very exciting! Here's hoping your states follow soon!
Does anyone about Minnesota?
please keep me updated! if anything i can do please let me know!
sweetcakester, u might check this thread
that has the map that has every state listed and what the rules are