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Texas Becoming Legal

Poll Results: How Passionate are you about Texas becoming Legal?

 
  • 84% (154)
    VERY Passoniate! I'll write my representative!
  • 13% (25)
    I'd like to see it happen, but I'm okay either way
  • 2% (4)
    I really don't care. I have no interest in selling my cakes.
183 Total Votes  
post #1 of 347
Thread Starter 
All my fellow Texans,

I want to say thank you, especially, to KelleyM for compiling the list of states that are legal. (http://www.cakecentral.com/cak.....32550.html)

Sadly, Texas is one of the states that isn't legal. Can or will that ever change? As large an undertaking as it is, I think it's up to us to find out.

I have compiled a list of local Texas representatives. These are from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. You can find your local representative by visiting:

http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/

Obviously, this is on a state level, and not a national level, so our senators are not on the list.

What if we all write to our representatives and voice our opinions about this law? What if we propose that (like Oregon) the law is modified to include baked goods and candies, but not more dangerous items like meat processing? The worst they can say is "no."

"Of the people, by the people, for the people," right? We are the people! icon_wink.gif

I'm going to write to my representative today, and I'll let you guys know if I hear anything back!

Please participate if you're passionate about this! And good luck! usaribbon.gif

Texas U.S. Representatives
Congressional District 26--Congressman Michael C. Burgess
District Address: 1721 LONGWORTH HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING
WASHINGTON DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-7772
District Offices

1660 S. Stemmons Fwy., Ste 230
Lewisville, TX 75067
Phone: (972) 434-9700


Congressional District 12--Congressman Kay Granger
District Address: 440 CANNON HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING
WASHINGTON DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5071
District Offices

1701 River Run Road, Suite 407
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Phone: (817) 338-0909


Congressional District 24--Congressman Kenny Marchant
District Address: 501 CANNON HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING
WASHINGTON DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-6605
District Offices

9901 East Valley Ranch Pkwy
Irving, TX 75063
Phone: (972) 556-0162


Texas State Senator
Senate District 12--Senator Jane Nelson
Capitol Office: CAP 1E.3
Capitol Phone: (512) 463-0112
Capitol Address: P.O. Box 12068, Capitol Station
Austin, TX 78711
District Address: 1235 S. Main St., Suite 280
Grapevine TX 76051
Phone: (817) 424-3446
State District Offices


Texas State Representatives
House District 98--Representative Vicki Truitt
Capitol Office: EXT E2.502
Capitol Phone: (512) 463-0690
Capitol Address: P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
District Address: 1256 Main Street, #248
Southlake TX 76092
Phone: (817) 488-4098


House District 99--Representative Charlie Geren
Capitol Office: EXT E2.310
Capitol Phone: (512) 463-0610
Capitol Address: P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
District Address: 1011 Roberts Cutoff
River Oaks TX 76114
Phone: (817) 738-8333


House District 91--Representative Bob E. Griggs
Capitol Office: EXT E2.606
Capitol Phone: (512) 463-0599
Capitol Address: P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
District Address: 6617 Precint Line Road, Suite 200
North Richland Hills TX 76180
Phone: (817) 581-1000


Texas State Board of Education Member
SBOE District 11--Ms. Patricia "Pat" Hardy
District Address: 2323 RIDGMAR BLVD. # 78
FORT WORTH TX 76116
Phone: (817) 732-1786
post #2 of 347
That's actually why I started compiling the list. I wanted to have 'ammunition' for our state legislators to prove that other states allow this, and people in those states are not getting sick en masse from home-baked cakes (insert massive eyeroll). But then my husband told me I can't do anything about it, no state legislator would care enough, the law is too hard to change, etc. I wanted to start a petition, but my husband said no one would sign it, because signing it is basically admitting that you're doing it illegally now.

I guess I let him get to me, because I kind of lost my heart for it. If there was a way I thought I could make a difference, I would do it, though.
post #3 of 347
I'd like to do this but I have no idea what I should put in a letter. Could you give me some idea what I should put in a letter to them?
Thank You,
Emily
post #4 of 347
Meagan-

I am impressed with all of the hard work you did in getting all the information together. I hope that it works for you and all of the other Texas bakers.
post #5 of 347
I will work up a more comprehensive letter later and share it with everyone. But the points I will highlight are:

1. At least 11 other states have exceptions for home or "cottage" bakers who bake low-risk foods.

2. The new Texas Food Establishment rules focus more on food safety than cleanliness of the restaurants. "Demerits are not given for items such as dirty floors and walls". If food handling is the main concern, let us take a food safety course and cook in our homes. Inspect our homes as you would inspect restaurants, and charge a fee for this inspection and license.

3. The current law is creating lawbreakers out of citizens who would just like to use the skills and gifts they've been given to earn some extra money and share their creativity. Also, legalized home bakers would be required to charge sales tax on their cakes, increasing state revenue (ok, not a lot, but still!)

It's late...I'll try to come up with something a little more coherent tomorrow.
post #6 of 347
What we really need to do is bring this to the attention of the candidates running for governor. The representatives are a bunch of pawns.

It's not about safety- it's about money. TX and CA are the two more difficult states for cake bakers. Ironically enough, they are also the two most populated states. Do the math on this one.
Life's too short to drink poison- Alton Brown
I'll start being nicer when you start acting smarter.
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post #7 of 347
I feel your pain...Missouri is also a state that won't let us be licensed in our homes....

glad to see you back SweetThistleCakes!
-Melanie
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-Melanie
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post #8 of 347
thanks MKerton!

Here is the email addy for Carole Keeton Strayhorn.

carole@carolestrayhorn.com

She's a grandma- you KNOW she's made a cake for sale at least once in her life! This one may be the shoe in, guys! icon_twisted.gif

Here's a link to Kinky Freedman's site as well....

http://www.kinkyfriedman.com/misc/contact.html
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post #9 of 347
Come on guys, we have a multiple page thread here with people asking about the laws of TX and whether you can bake from home, not to mention a slew of posts on how people would like to be legal, and where can I find a kitchen and such! let's really get in on this one!!
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Life's too short to drink poison- Alton Brown
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post #10 of 347
Surely there are some more Texans on here who will help! cowboy.gifcowboy.gifcowboy.gifcowboy.gifcowboy.gifcowboy.gifcowboy.gifcowboy.gifcowboy.gifcowboy.gif
post #11 of 347
I just found this post and am definitely interested in doing what I can to try to get this changed. Let me know what I can do.
Bradymom
post #12 of 347
I'm also interested in helping out!!!
Cyndi Atkinson

Never trust a skinny chef!!!! Me and my fluffy self live by that motto everyday!!!
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Cyndi Atkinson

Never trust a skinny chef!!!! Me and my fluffy self live by that motto everyday!!!
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post #13 of 347
Another Texan here willling to help...keep me posted.

MC
post #14 of 347
I am in to help as well. Let me know what I can do to help. I am unsure what to put in a letter so if I could get a guideline I will make sure everyone I know WRITES .. or NO CAKES !


Monica
post #15 of 347
Hi! Just found this post and I'm totally in!! I just need help writing a letter!!
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