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Bill in Texas for legal home bakeries! Calling all Texans!

post #1 of 2039
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Ok everyone, we have a bill! It is HB 3282. Here is a link to the PDF:

http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/81R/billtext/pdf/HB03282I.pdf

Here is a brief summary of what is in the bill (currently):
- Home kitchens would 'register' with the Department of Health.
- An inspection would NOT be required for registration, but the Dept. of Health could inspect your kitchen if they have cause to believe you are operating an unsanitary kitchen.
- Food handler's permit would be required for registration.
- The registration would be for non-potentially hazardous foods only.
- There is currently a section in the bill for potentially hazardous foods. This will be taken out in committee. Do not worry about it, it's going away.
- There would be a registration fee, set by the DoH.

A lot of people are asking me, "what's next?". Here is a description of how a bill becomes a law in Texas:
http://www.rfatexas.org/TXbill.htm

In short, the Speaker of the House will assign the bill to a committee, probably Public Health. At that point, the fate of the bill lies with the committee. I will speak to Patrick today (hopefully) about what the best tactic should be for ensuring that the committee gives it fair consideration and a public hearing. I do believe we WANT the opportunity to show up en masse and tell them how important this is to us. (Capitol Cake Walk, baby!!)

Thank you again to everyone who has called, written, or faxed. It has paid off big time, but we are just now beginning the real battle.

I have posted everything I know. I will post more details as soon as they are available.
post #2 of 2039
AWESOME!!!
post #3 of 2039
Wow, Kelly!! This is awesome!! THANK YOU SO MUCH for all of your hard work on this matter!!!!! Hopefully this will pass and we can become legal bakers in our homes! thumbs_up.gif
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post #4 of 2039
I'M SO EXCITED I'M SO EXCITED I'M SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!! icon_biggrin.gificon_eek.gificon_lol.gif
post #5 of 2039
You are amazing Kelley! Thank you so much for spearheading all this. I guess now we pray!
post #6 of 2039
This is awesome, amazing, fantastic! Reading all of that, we have a long way to go... I'm wondering if anyone knows time lines on this... What kind of time frame are we looking at?

Thanks for all your hard work. I will drive across the great state for a capitol cake walk if that day comes!
post #7 of 2039
Cake Walk Austin 2009!!! YEAH BABY!!! cowboy.gif
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post #8 of 2039
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Just got off the phone with Patrick in Rep. Gattis' office.

1. The bills are being read and assigned at the rate of "a couple hundred a day". They are currently around 2400, so it may be next week until ours (HB 3282) is read and assigned to committee.

2. He asks that we wait until the committee is assigned for sure before we start lobbying committee members.

3. It is best if we find constituents of the committee members to contact them, although we are all welcome to.

He has mentioned several times - if there is a public hearing, it is VERY important that LOTS of people show up to testify. I have promised him that we will. I think it would be great if we could number in the hundreds. We need to show these guys how important this is to Texans.

You can go to the House web site, create a login, and sign up to receive alerts when there is a status change to this bill, HB 3282. I am still figuring out how it works myself, but here is the link:

http://www.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx
post #9 of 2039
Kelleym, what a fantastic job you've done. I hope that the bill is passed and that this can trinkle over here to Mississippi.
post #10 of 2039
I am registered and ready to go! thumbs_up.gif
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post #11 of 2039
Ok, I'll start PMing Texas CC members again.

Going memberlist by location backwards, there were over 500 members from Wylie to Lubbock! We've got the numbers! icon_biggrin.gif

If I PM and you already know about this, I apologize in advance. I'm not really lookin' at names, just lookin' for the TX in the location! thumbs_up.gif
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If you don't stick to your values when they're being tested, they're not values-they're hobbies. You know, one of the genius moves of The Founders was not writing The Bill of Rights on the back window of a dusty van.
-Jon Stewart
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post #12 of 2039
At this point should we still be contacting our representatives? or should we wait till it is assigned a committee.

Thanks For all your hard work!!!!
post #13 of 2039
WOW! If you could get this done in Texas, maybe California has a chance thumbs_up.gif Good luck you guys!!!!!
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Mommy to:
Drew-14, Jay-9, Rhian-6, Kaleb-4, and Sonny Marcelo Acosta (who's in heaven) July 24, 2008 You will always have my heart, and Nicholas 2
http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=ddmmx5vd_16gmqtmrg8 Appetizers
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post #14 of 2039
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Quote:
Originally Posted by AuntEm

At this point should we still be contacting our representatives? or should we wait till it is assigned a committee.

Thanks For all your hard work!!!!



Although it will be in the hands of the committee, you can still keep calling your Senators and Representatives. Tell them about House Bill 3282, ask them to read it, and tell them in your own words how important it is to you. Asking them to read it is important! With thousands of bills filed, they can't possibly read every one.

In the words of the old Clinton '92 campaign, "it's the economy, stupid". The $200 extra that a legal cake maker could earn from doing cakes on the side could be the difference between making the mortgage payment or not. Or going on food stamps or not. Hammer on the point of jobs, REAL "stimulus" for Texans, and the economy.
post #15 of 2039
I think we could rally on Capital Hill as long as we have enough notice. This is very exciting.

Thanks Kelly!
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