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post #31 of 145
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I think a "well funded home bakery SuperPac" is probably an oxymoron.


It's certainly possible, we already know there is at least one big company supporting the CFL. With the right contacts one could enlist the support of other companies that would benefit from the law, big retail's pockets are just as deep as big hospitality. If individual contributions were solicited from some kind of central location for discussing cake, this could give home bakers the edge.
post #32 of 145
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AB 1616 has been amended, from a quick read it looks like there is now a limit of $50K gross annual sales, a requirement for a food safety class, and it allows one employee in addition to the owner. There is also a multi-tier system in place where Class A businesses are retail only while Class B businesses are allowed to sell retail or wholesale. Registration and an initial inspection is required for both classes, followup inspections are still only required if there is a complaint. The fees for class B will probably be higher.

New text of bill:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_1601-1650/ab_1616_bill_20120410_amended_asm_v98.html

The next hearing date is still Apr 17.
post #33 of 145
So with that cap of $50K then why have the bill. CA sucks all the money from business, and if you hire an employee maybe you will have some money left. The cap needs to be higher. If you want to have an LLC the cost can be $800-900 (This is what my husband paid for it a year ago) a year where in other states it is less. I guess we need to see where it goes, send a message to Christine about this cap, so lets see what she says.
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post #34 of 145
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I don't think a $50K cap is unreasonable. If you are putting out $50K of product every year you are probably better off in a commercial kitchen anyway, since home kitchens are typically not built for high throughput. The cost of doing business is higher in CA but it's not that bad, the LLC cost is probably the biggest discrepancy.

A higher cap would lead to greater resistance from existing businesses and could end up killing the bill entirely.
post #35 of 145
jason_kraft~~Thanks for the update. I just read thru the amended bill. Sounds very reasonable to me.
post #36 of 145
I think that it's very reasonable, I can't wait for this law to go through! If you're making $50k a year in sales, I'm sure by then you'll have the means of opening up your own commercial kitchen (at least)
post #37 of 145
So when will it go into effect ? And does amended mean that they are thinking about it or that it will pass for sure?

Sorry guys just a little confused.

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post #38 of 145
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Originally Posted by bnbmom

So when will it go into effect ? And does amended mean that they are thinking about it or that it will pass for sure?


The fact that it was amended means that other people had some concerns and they worked with the author to change some of the wording, that's generally a good sign since it means the bill will now be amenable to more assembly members.

The bill will be discussed at the assembly health committee meeting next Tuesday. From there it may be sent to the assembly appropriations committee to discuss the fiscal impact of the bill, then it may or may not be put to a floor vote in the assembly. If it passes the assembly it is sent to the state senate, where the process is repeated. If it passes both the assembly and the senate it is sent to the governor to be signed into a law.

Since this is not exactly a high priority bill the process may take a few months, or it may not be voted on at all this year. The more people contact their CA assembly members directly the more likely the bill gets passed quickly (signing online petitions doesn't really help).

http://assembly.ca.gov/legislativeprocess#step2
post #39 of 145
Hello everybody,
So I have so many questions that i dont know which one to ask first. I do live in Alabama, and trying to figure out the laws here. I guest what i'm tring to ask if you are a home baker in a state with a cottage food law did you have to redo your kitchen to be able to sell your beautiful cakes. Please let me know!
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post #40 of 145
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Originally Posted by benice

Hello everybody,
So I have so many questions that i dont know which one to ask first. I do live in Alabama, and trying to figure out the laws here. I guest what i'm tring to ask if you are a home baker in a state with a cottage food law did you have to redo your kitchen to be able to sell your beautiful cakes. Please let me know!



Just google Alabama Cottage Food Law and you'll come up with a lot of information. Here's the first one that popped up on the list:
http://homebasedbaking.com/knowledgebase/rules-regulations/alabama/

You'll end up having to contact your local health departments or the state Department of Agriculture no matter what since they will have the specifics for your City, County, and State.
post #41 of 145
Thanks for the info jason.

I can't wait till this passes!

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post #42 of 145
I listened to the hearing today online. Here's my summary- 12 votes and it now passes to Appropriations. No opposition was filed and no one testified in opposition. There were a couple of comments re tightening up language with respect to the public health issue, but they were still generally supportive of the bill. Did anyone attend or listen in? A gentleman spoke as an "in-betweener" but I did not catch his name. I don't think he was a committee member.
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post #43 of 145
Hooray! Step one--check!
post #44 of 145
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I listened to the hearing today online. Here's my summary- 12 votes and it now passes to Appropriations. No opposition was filed and no one testified in opposition. There were a couple of comments re tightening up language with respect to the public health issue, but they were still generally supportive of the bill. Did anyone attend or listen in? A gentleman spoke as an "in-betweener" but I did not catch his name. I don't think he was a committee member.



That is great news!!!! So exciting!!!!
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post #45 of 145
Thank you, snowboarder.
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