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post #1 of 22
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Hello All

Just wanted to know if anyone knows if there has been any new movement or advances in getting the Cottage Food Law passed in MD. I ran across a website that appeared to indicated that a Bill was introduced to the Assembly on February 12, 2012. Does anyone else know about this and if so can you update me please? I attached the file below.
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post #2 of 22
I just found this online about a petition to sign in support the bill.
http://www.petitiononline.com/mdbake/petition.html
post #3 of 22
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Originally Posted by agconner

I just found this online about a petition to sign in support the bill.
http://www.petitiononline.com/mdbake/petition.html



Yes, thanks. I signed the petition a few days ago. I was hoping there was some updates on the Bill.
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post #4 of 22
It was signed by the Governor earlier this month and doesn't go into effect until October.
post #5 of 22
You mean it finally passed? I can't find any info on it passing.
post #6 of 22
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WHAT!!!!! REALLY?!?!?! This is the best news I've had today!!!! Whooohooo!!!!
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I won't get to excited till we find out if it is true. I can find anything on the web about it being passed. I pray it's true but don't want to get too excited incase it's not.
post #8 of 22
The governor signed Senate Bill 550 on May 2nd.

http://mlis.state.md.us/2012rs/billfile/sb0550.htm

It looks like it limits annual revenues to $25K and only allows sales at farmers markets or public events, so customers picking up at your home or you delivering to customers is not covered (unless I'm reading it wrong).

The bill itself is here:
http://mlis.state.md.us/2012rs/bills/sb/sb0550t.pdf
post #9 of 22
Well that kinda sucks, but hey something is better then nothing. Jason can you post a link to the bill, I can't find the wording.
post #10 of 22
Yep looks like your right Jason, unless I'm missing something as well.
post #11 of 22
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I'm feeling 2 different things about this Bill. I'm a little disappointed that it's so limiting in terms of where sales can be made but I'm excited that it's a step in the right direction. Hopefully in a couple of years we can get them to amend the Bill to include more.
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post #12 of 22

Very Dissapointed in this Bill. Not exactly the freedom us home Cake Bakers were looking for. Not only are we only able to sell at farmer's Markets and Events, but our "baked goods" must be packaged a certain way and labeled a certain way with all ingredients. Not exactly the Cottage Laws I want. I have a friend who lives in Ohio and she runs a Bread business out of her home completely legally. Wish the same was true for me here in Maryland!

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Very Dissapointed in this Bill. Not exactly the freedom us home Cake Bakers were looking for. Not only are we only able to sell at farmer's Markets and Events, but our "baked goods" must be packaged a certain way and labeled a certain way with all ingredients.

Only allowing sales at farmer's markets and events is pretty restrictive, but labeling requirements are a standard feature in just about every cottage food law.
post #14 of 22

Hello! Everyone I have sign the petition as well. I truly wants to run my business out the comfort of my own home. I never wanted a store front. I'm so bum what do you do in the mean time. I thought of renting a kitchen but what good is that going to do unless I'm trying to obtain a business license to sell cakes but the only problem I have is that  I don't have a large clientele to want to rent a kitchen to do one cake every now and then. But then again I don't want to be a boot leg cake decorator either. HUH!!! Decisions. I guess I will be improving my skills until they improve that Law :) LOL

post #15 of 22

Is there any movement to expand the law that passed last year in MD? It would be great to be able to actually get a licensed home kitchen and then be able to sell directly to customers and not just through farmers markets and events! (Especially since you can license a home kitchen in Virginia and I believe in Delaware and now DC).

 

If there isn't already a push to expand the law, does anyone know how to go about getting it started? I don't know where to start...

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