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Calling all FLORIDA home bakers - Lets get the law changed!

post #1 of 238
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I have seen this on SEVERAL new threads from other states - so why not us!

I have done a little bit of research so far. You can go to this website to find your legislators - http://www.flsenate.gov/Info_Center/index.cfm?Mode=About%20the%20Legislature&Submenu=1&Tab=info_center&CFID=139450330&CFTOKEN=94530260

I *think* our first step is finding one to sponsor the bill. Does anyone know any legislators that can help us?? If not, I say - lets start a letter writing (email) campaign!

Please let me know your thoughts!!
post #2 of 238
WooooHoooo

Amen Sista!

Let me see if I can locate a mailing address if we are so inclined to send petitions =)

Ok girls & guys .. here is the addy to our State House in Tallahassee ..
Please write/call and let them know how you feel!!
And as Janelwaters said: Find your local rep and lets get this thing on the books! If Texas can do it so can we!!!!


Tallahassee Office:
410 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5027
Senate VOIP: 5027
I'm NOT 40 something ... I'm $39.99 plus shipping and handling!!

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I'm NOT 40 something ... I'm $39.99 plus shipping and handling!!

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post #3 of 238
I'm down for it. I'll start checking into things from this neck of the woods. I have no idea how to go about this, but you have to start somewhere, right?
post #4 of 238
I am in too. Don't personally know either on of my reps, but neither of their district offices are far from me, I mean like right down the street..
post #5 of 238
Thread Starter 
Grass Roots baby!

Ok - I saw on a thread from one of the other states where someone on CC went through a lot of trouble to write up a great template/email/letter to send off and now I can't find it here on CC. I don't remember which state had it posted or member wrote it - any help would be great!!

Texas is currently working on theirs - who was the first state to get it passed? I can't remember!!! I think my 2 year old is causing me to have brain damage! haha
post #6 of 238
Yeah!!! The law needs to be changed...I'm in!
Jen
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post #7 of 238
Just an FYI for you guys, a lot of the permits issued for restaurants in Florida are regulated by an entity called DBPR (Division of Business and Professional Regulation.)

Here is a link to the hotels/restaurants division:

http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/hr/index.html

That might also be a place to start.

GOOD LUCK!!! icon_biggrin.gif
post #8 of 238
So are you trying to legalize in home bakers or what? Good luck I'll be rooting for you!!
post #9 of 238
Thread Starter 
Like Maryland and Texas were trying to get the Cottage Food Laws passed, which allows you to bake non-hazardous foods at home.

The other problem in Florida is that there are about 3 different agencies monitoring 3 different kinds of food service - its CRAZY!!
post #10 of 238
Janel-

Here's a link the to Texas Cottage Food Law Headquarters website:

http://www.texascottagefoodlaw.com/default.htm

It has the sample letters posted on there plus a bunch of other information.

You might want to PM KelleyM to see how exactly she convinced Rep. Gattis to author the bill for us here in TX.

Also, it will be helpful for your cause if you can get the bill co-authored by other Reps. The more the better.

Another thing is as soon as you get a Rep to agree to author it you guys (in FL) need to start making a strategy for the public hearing. Because once the bill is authored and introduced it will be assigned to a committee (ours was assigned to the Public Health Committee). Soon after it is assigned to a committee it will be scheduled to be heard at a public hearing.

For our hearing we Kelley had multiple cake ladies show up in support wearing either purple or pink shirts. She also had over a 100 letters of testimony from supporters of the bill. Finally she choose 3 people to speak for the bill. These people will have to probably keep it to under 4 minutes.

I would suggest watching the public hearing that our bill went through to prepare yourself. I will see if I can find the link for you. (It's in the texas thread somewhere.) It will prepare you for what to expect to be said against your bill and just how the whole process might go.

Also, I don't know what time frame you are working on because I know that for TX all the bills have to be processed by May 31st. If not, they die on the floor and will not be seen again until 2011.

Good Luck!!!
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post #11 of 238
I actually e-mailed Sen. Haridopolos already, and will do whatever I can to get them onboard.
"Hobby baker only-I do not sell cakes. People would probably not pay what I think the hard work, and all the cleanup involved in cake making is worth!"
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"Hobby baker only-I do not sell cakes. People would probably not pay what I think the hard work, and all the cleanup involved in cake making is worth!"
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post #12 of 238
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Thank you all so much!! I DID finally find the letter on the Texas Cottage Food Laws site and I PMed Kelley - she is just amazing with what she has been doing for Texas and the bakers there!!

I really have NO idea what type of time frame we are working on or how long this would take etc....

This was something that I have thought about in passing for a long time, but just "spur of the moment" got started on it today, so ANY and ALL info is MORE THAN WELCOME!!!

I really think that I will be spending most of my day on the Texas website - I should be working on some fondant pirates!! haha - oh well!!!
post #13 of 238
I'm down too. I just put the deposit on my rental kitchen in Largo. It costs me $35.00 to rent and it's about a 30-40 min drive from where I live in tampa. Not bad, but it would be easier to do it from home! Let me know if there anything I can do
post #14 of 238
Oh my goodness, this is GREAT. I am in. We can do this.
Happy Baking,

Twin Dees

"Good cakes aren't cheap,
Cheap cakes aren't good" (TM)

I am a very proud Mom of Nia , Jada, & D.J.
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Happy Baking,

Twin Dees

"Good cakes aren't cheap,
Cheap cakes aren't good" (TM)

I am a very proud Mom of Nia , Jada, & D.J.
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post #15 of 238
Also, Fl is a ballot initiative state. So if for some reason you aren't able to get the bill passed you could always try the ballot initiative route.

Basically, you have to do a petition and get so many people to sign it and then it gets added to the ballot and I think 60% of the voters have to vote for it and then it becomes law.

I'm not that knowledgeable on this because Texas is not a state that does this.

Here is a website I found that might help:

http://www.ballot.org/pages/florida
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