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2013 Alabama Cottage Food Bill SB236

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Good news the bill has been submitted.  SB236 YES!!!!!!!!!!!

 

It includes Candy and has a cap of 20K  I can definitely live with this as a start.

 

Way to go Senator Glover!!!!!!!

 

Cakeymom

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I started a new thread since this is a new year and a new bill number. Where are my Alabama bakers?????

Cakeymom
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Calling ALL Alabama bakers and anyone that would come up to the plate to help support us!!!  I wanted to start a new thread because this is a newly numbered Bill and can be easily looked up. 

 

Senator Glover is coming through and we do not need to sleep on this.

 

Please sign the following petition to help us in Alabama:

 

http://www.change.org/petitions/alabama-state-legislators-allow-production-of-non-potentially-hazardous-foods-in-a-home-kitchen?utm_campaign=url_share_before_sign&utm_medium=url_share&utm_source=share_petition

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Calling all supporters to please sign the above noted petition.

Help a baker out!

Cakeymom
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I signed
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THANKS!!!!!!!
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I just checked the Alabama Legislature website and SB236 is going to be voted on by the Business and Labor committee of which none other than the sponsor of bill is the chairperson.

AWESOME!!!!!

Cakeymom
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That vote is scheduled for tomorrow. One more giant step to passing!!!!!!!!


Cakeymom
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In the mist of the third reading in the Senate, which from there if approved the bill will go to the House for readings and a vote, SB236 has suffered a set back.  According to  one Senator's Office the Democrats have started a filibuster and because of this only a couple of Bills are going through the Senate per day.  HOW SELFISH!!!!!!

 

So, if you are an Alabamian, please email, call, fax the Alabama Senate concerning the importance of SB236 ASAP!!!!!

 

 

Thanks,

 

cakeymom

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I am routing for you!! I would like to get things started in Kentucky to get our laws changed. I just hope there are some Kentucky bakers ready to step up and help me with the fight. I have done hours of research and I am very encouraged. Good Luck !!!

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Thanks!  Good luck to you as well.

 

cakeymom

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I just received this response back from a Senator that I emailed:

 

 

"I do not understand why persons wishing to operate a business don’t just jet a business license as people who operate a business have to do. This is already law"

 

 

I responded by letting the Senator know about the current law and it's restrictions versus having a Bill go through the Alabama Legislature to make the necessary changes to allow persons to sell baked goods/candies from their home.

 

 

So, they just don't understand the issue?????  Maybe we did not do a good job in communicating the issue??????  Or the Senator just does not want to understand.

 

Only in Alabama.  Obviously my state is not a very progressive thinking state.................

 

WOW, is this going to be a three year battle?????  I certainly hope not, but it is sure looking that way.

 

cakeymom

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After responding to the above concern by an Alabama Senator this is the response:

 

 

"May I suggest that you start with your local government which can by ordinance allow such a mixed use in a resident if they desire. I do not feel it should be state law because in urban areas it will cause too many problems. This really can be resolved if your local city council or if unincorporated, county government agree with you."

 

 

Not my problem and pass the buck seems to be the sentiment with this Senator.  This is definitely an UP HILL battle .

 

If this passes it WILL BE an all out MIRACLE!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

Cakeymom

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After responding to the above concern by an Alabama Senator this is the response:

 

 

"May I suggest that you start with your local government which can by ordinance allow such a mixed use in a resident if they desire. I do not feel it should be state law because in urban areas it will cause too many problems. This really can be resolved if your local city council or if unincorporated, county government agree with you."

 

 

Not my problem and pass the buck seems to be the sentiment with this Senator.  This is definitely an UP HILL battle .

 

If this passes it WILL BE an all out MIRACLE!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

Cakeymom

 

 

cakeymom, i see your points but the senator unfortunately is correct. 

 

here in tennessee we have some allowances at the state level for home based baked goods production but it still does not allow for me to do decorated cake out of my home--i'm in an urban area just like he says--there is no multi use for that here--residential zoning is strictly that--and i'm ok with that because i appreciate that my neighbor cannot operate a pig farm on his front lawn nor a mechanic shop

 

also decorated cake falls under catering so it's a double whammy

 

everyone can open and operate their businesses if they obey the local laws

 

i do not see it as him passing the buck -- he's giving you some straight forward information

 

also home baking dilutes the already hard hit baking businesses--the peeps who already stuck their necks out there, took the financial plunge and did it right--they should not be penalized just because we want to have it easy--as in easier than they did

 

changing things at the state level does not always mean bringing about the change you seek

 

all it takes is the local zoning board and/or health department to block it all--the senator is correct about that no matter how we feel about it

 

please don't shoot the messenger or more accurately the message interpretor

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post #15 of 16
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It's just a little frustrating after learning that neighboring Mississippi passed their Bill on April 1st.  The Senator may have a point, so I will not totally give up.

I guess when we feel passionate about about a matter and everyone else does not agree we can get a little defensive instead of looking at the BIG picture.

 

So fingers and toes are still crossed and if we can't get it one way, there may be another way. 

 

After all I tell my kids all the time, "Tell me how you can, instead of how you can't".

 

 

Thanks, and I'll try to be positive,

 

Cakeymom
 

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