i was just wondering if we have made any headway in getting a bill passed for california bakers?
Check out these pages. The Sustainable Economies Law Center is the group that is spearheading the effort.
Considering trans fats are banned here I doubt CA will pass a cottage food law, there would be too much oversight required and county health departments are already understaffed. Unless the CFL imposed significant fees or taxes that paid for the additional health dept headcount required.
Yes, I had a lot of people tell me Texas would never pass a cottage food law also. Good thing I didn't give up when they told me that.
The difference is that TX has no law banning trans fats, so a CFL that allowed home bakers to operate without oversight was possible. A similar law cannot exist in CA because of the trans fat ban.
Of course a CA CFL is still possible, but it would have to require (and pay for) home kitchen inspections.
There are plenty of differences between California and Texas.
But seriously, there are smart people working on this. Nothing is impossible, unless you give up. Then everything is impossible.
An organization called the Sustainable Economies Law Center is working to get a CFL bill drafted in CA next year, if you want to help you can donate here:
EDIT: Oops, must have missed Kelley's earlier post with this link.
That is exactly the information I posted upthread.
You might also want to follow the Facebook page for the CA Cottage Food Law...updates are sometimes posted there also!
Thanks for all the reply's everyone, it really helps.
A I cannot recall the exact online article I read, but it has passed and will be in effect Jan 2013!! :D