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post #31 of 2039
I will SO be there for Cake Walk 2009!! This is so stinking exciting!!!!! icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif
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post #32 of 2039
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Just to reiteate, there IS a bill, House Bill 3282.

Go here to find out who to call and what to say to your legislators.

Even though we don't now which committee will get the bill yet, you can still call your own senator and representative and tell them about the bill, ask them to read it, and tell them how important it is to you and your family.

Get your friends and family to call, too.

Guys.... I think it's safe to say that "legal home bakeries" were not on a single lawmaker's agenda when they went to Austin in January, and now look what we've achieved. This is a grass roots movement in the purest sense of the term. Spread the word. We are making a difference.
post #33 of 2039
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Originally Posted by kelleym

Guys.... I think it's safe to say that "legal home bakeries" were not on a single lawmaker's agenda when they went to Austin in January, and now look what we've achieved. This is a grass roots movement in the purest sense of the term. Spread the word. We are making a difference.



You just gave me chills.
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post #34 of 2039
WOW!!!! This is amazing. Great Job Kelley! You are awesome!
post #35 of 2039
Kelley,
No matter what happens at this point, I think you are a very awesome person. It would be an honor to meet you in person.
Thank you very much for everything you have done. And all the time you have put into this.
post #36 of 2039
Kelly...WHOHOOO! I forwarded your email to my Rep. and my editor friend...I can be available to keep Austin Weird! grace
post #37 of 2039
I am SO proud of you Kelley and of ALL of us! Look at what we have achieved! I am saving now to get myself to Austin!
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post #38 of 2039
Would everyone still have to comply with the local health dept or code enforcement? They are really cracking down here on anyone that cooks. We have to install huge grease traps not to mention all of the other requirements.
post #39 of 2039
Your grease trap has nothing to do with the state or even your county, it's a city requirement. If you are in College Station, as I am, you are required a 1000 gallon grease trap - this is an inground installation. I questioned this when I was talking to the city person I was sent to regarding this. Something told me to ask about where to find the list of rules online and he did direct me to these. You should do the same in your area. There is a clause that says you can petition the need for the grease trap, especially the size. I have a friend who lives in Dallas, says he has a friend who opened a coffee shop. The city told him he needed a huge grease trap. When the friend met with the inspectors, explained what they would be doing with the coffee grounds and what was on the menu, the grease trap was waived. So it is possible to get a waiver. If the bill passes and the city still decides it wants to stick with this, you can ask for a waiver, and would probably get it. I told the guy I talked to on the phone, seriously - the grease (Crisco) goes into the icing on the cake, not down the drain! laughing. But I believe we would be exempt if the bill passes because we fall under a different category!
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post #40 of 2039
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The text of the bill currently says that the Health Dept. may not require commercial grade appliances or surfaces, and then later says they may not impose "onerous" rules, so I do not believe grease traps will be required in any way for a Cottage Food operation. That would kind of defeat the purpose of giving us licenses to operate out of our homes.

Of course, it is not up to me (AT ALL!), and changes will still be made in Committee.

I did ask Patrick to ensure that it was written in such a way that city/county/HOA ordinances could not override the statewide Cottage Food Law. What a disaster that would be!
post #41 of 2039
That is excellent news! usaribbon.gificon_biggrin.gif I hope, and pray, it passes!
post #42 of 2039
Is there a companion bill in the Senate? This might help moves things along.

It has been my experience (our agency works with the legislature each session) that cities/counties cannot 'weaken' or over ride State law but they can definitely add more restrictions at the local level.

For example, the State can require that all the cakes be either chocolate or vanilla. A city can then require that all cakes only be vanilla. You are still complying with the State law by making a vanilla cake.

Our fight always seems to be the hardest at the local level. But this has been my experience.
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post #43 of 2039
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Originally Posted by kelleym

Guys.... I think it's safe to say that "legal home bakeries" were not on a single lawmaker's agenda when they went to Austin in January, and now look what we've achieved. This is a grass roots movement in the purest sense of the term. Spread the word. We are making a difference.



You just gave me chills.



amen! For all the complaining we do about what is wrong with our political system (and the list is long!), this is a fabulous example of how it works for "the people".

Kelly, once this goes thru, you should capitalize on it with press releases on how this grassroots effort started and succeeded.
post #44 of 2039
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If you are in College Station, as I am, you are required a 1000 gallon grease trap



higginspeg, I am in College Station too and our city ordinances are unbelievable. My little brother is in the restaurant business and has opened stores in CS, New Braunfels, Tyler, Amarillo, Brownsville, Corpus, Del Rio, Denton, El Paso, Friso, Laredo, Houston, Lubbock, Waco .. as well as out of Texas. He has said that College Station was BY FAR the hardest store for him to open simply because of the city ordinances. tapedshut.gif
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post #45 of 2039
This is awesome! I will SO be there for Cake Walk 2009!! I have other friends who decorate as well and i know they will attend as well! Thanks for all the info Kelly!! I'm sooo excited about this!
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