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post #91 of 220
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Hello Everyone,

As you know I have been working on getting a Cottage Food Act implemented in Florida so we can have our own Home Baking Business. Well, yesterday I received an email from the Department of Agriculture telling me that they sent me a copy of the recommendations that former Commissioner Charles Bronson sent to the speaker of the house. Unfortunately, this was for the other law Florida Freedom Food Act for the farmers of our state. But, they also said that the Cottage Food Act is a huge topic within the Dept of Agriculture. So I thought there was hope.

When I heard about the Commissioner sending his recommendations to the Speaker of the House, I decided to send Speaker Dean Cannon an email too. He did in fact emailed me back which I sent a copy of that email to all of you. Than I sent everyone that is on his committee an email too. Well, today I received a phone call from Teddy Cramer who is on the committee for the Speaker of the House. Teddy called me because she wanted to verify exactlly what we were wanting. I explained that we wanted to be able to have a small business from our homes selling baked goods to the consumer. If we have to be inspected and licensed than that is what we will do, but, requiring a separate kitchen from our living quarters and a 3 compartment sink was a bit much. Well, she told me that the committee and the speaker are going to submit to the senate that we are exempt from all requirements. Meaning we can bake from home and won't need to be licensed or inspected. Teddy was so excited that I brought this to Speaker Dean Cannons attention because no one on the committee knew it was illegal to bake from home and sell to the public and that bake sales would be illegal. I told her we have a House Rep working on this for us but, was trying to find another State Rep to sponsor the bill and she said that this wasn't necessary because this is being submitted by the Speaker of the House to the senate. Once the Senate reviews the Speakers recommendations and approves it than it goes to the Govenor to sign into law.

I asked her when will Legislation go back into session and she said in March. She said she will call me with updates and if I don't hear from her in the next couple of weeks to call here anytime.

Our idea is sitting where the Speaker assign to the sub-committee, than it goes to the 2nd hearing, than the Senate and than to the Govenor.

If I hear anything more I will keep you posted.
post #92 of 220
That sounds like very promising news. I wish New York would do the same.
post #93 of 220
Keep up the good work!!!!
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post #94 of 220
Oh KrazyAboutCake.......I'm super impressed with all the work, time, and effort you're putting into this!! It really says a lot about your love of cakes! I am currently a licensed and legal baker but 100% support what you are all fighting so hard for. I would love to not have a huge monthly overhead bc currently I'm not helping my family financially at all. My husband is a cop and working tons of overtime to provide for our family. Meanwhile I'm pulling 70 hr weeks but yet we barely stay afloat. Having less overhead of rent, licensing, etc would be a huge benefit for us!

Thank you for all your hard work and count me in to help in anyway possible!!
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post #95 of 220
KrazyAboutCake - this is fantastic news! Thank you so much for the hard work you are putting into this. As a new baker/decorator, it is really exciting to think that I may be able to do this from my home, legally, one day when I am ready. Please let me know if there is anything at all I can do to help!
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post #96 of 220
How very exciting! Thank you so much for the updates and for all your hard work!
post #97 of 220
While his intentions are good, I think the Speaker's remarks regarding legal cake businesses are off the mark. His comment about "insulating businesses from competition" is completely out of touch. There is an extremely high level of competition currently in the cake business, especially with the popularity of the cake shows on television.
post #98 of 220
WoW! This is sooo..... exciting! I just happened upon this topic and man does this sound awesome! Thank you for all your hard work and time you have put forth! I have been toying with going into business but haven't had the funds to do so. People always ask me when I will open a shop but it so unbelievable how much start up cost, etc. it would require so this would be such a blessing. I completely understand what others who do own bakeries are feeling but i wonder if they had this opportunity before opening their doors if they would have opted for baking from home instead if it were legal? Just curious? Can't wait to hear what the verdict is!
post #99 of 220
High five to you Barbara, great job.
post #100 of 220
Good luck to all of you in Florida. In Maryland we are trying to pass a similar bill. I am meeting with my state representative this coming week. I look forward to see how things go in Florida!
post #101 of 220
This is awesome news! Thank you so much for your hard work and follow through!. I have been following this thread with personal interest and your success is our success! You get this passed and I will bake you a LEGAL cake!!

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post #102 of 220
Hi Krazy.. thanks for all the leg work you have put into this. I pray it keeps moving foward and with our new governor hot on getting our state back to work he will sign it. When a law that will allow it to happen passes, we are prepaired to erect a seperate building on our property to allow us to have a completley safe,legal place to produce a product that that we can advertise ,without fear of fines.I don't have a problem with being inspected,licenced,insured and paying taxes, but having to build a complete commercial kitchen makes it impossible only doing two or three cakes a month. again ,thank you for your hard work. Derrell
post #103 of 220
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Here you go Florida Bakers another update from the Florida House of Representatives. See Below
Barbara


From: Creamer, Teddi [mailto:Teddi.Creamer@myfloridahouse.gov]
Sent: Friday, February 18, 2011 1:20 PM
To: Barbara Schmal
Subject: RE: Baking

Hi Ms. Schmal. The subcommittee will begin work shopping regulation issues for a potential bill the first week in March. I will keep you posted. Have a nice weekend!

From: Barbara Schmal [mailto:bschmal@tampabay.rr.com]
Sent: Thursday, February 17, 2011 6:32 PM
To: Creamer, Teddi
Subject: Baking

Hello Teddi,

I was wondering if it any progress was made to allow a baking business from our homes has been submitted. I know you mentioned that legislation is back in session in March, but Im not at all familiar with the process of amending a law or getting a bill into law. I have been reading some of the documents that are online but havent seen anything regarding a Home Baking business being exempt or being submitted to become law. A lot of people have been contacting me wondering what they can do to help get this passed. We have a petition online with 789 signatures. http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?FLcottag If there is anything we can do to help just let me know.

I know your busy and dont want to bother you I just need a clarification on the process to get a bill passed or amend an existing law.

Thank you.

Respectfully,
Barbara Schmal
post #104 of 220
That's awesome Barb! I SO appreciate everything you're doing. After reading your posts, I've also emailed some reps and am following the bill's progress very closely. I am absolutely on pins and needles about how things are going to turn out! Thank you again. Keep up the good work and keep us posted!
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post #105 of 220
This is such great news Barbara!!! I'm so excited and can't wait until we're able to start our own business from home!

Blessings,
Veronica

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