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post #46 of 145
If the law passes, How long will it take to go into effect? If anyone has some sort of estimate
post #47 of 145
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In other states the laws typically take effect 3-6 months after the governor signs the bill. Since this bill also requires an initial inspection before you can get a permit there may also be a waiting list if not enough inspectors are available.
post #48 of 145
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A legislative analysis of the bill has also been posted:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_1601-1650/ab_1616_cfa_20120413_210746_asm_comm.html

Some interesting highlights:
2g) Internet sales would be allowed for Class B licenses
4) Authorizes DPH to assess a maximum civil penalty of $1,000 per day against any person in violation of this bill.
icon_cool.gif Kids and pets are allowed in the home but not in the kitchen while orders are being processed
17)Prohibits a Class A CFO from being subject to initial or routine inspections by the LEHD and subjects a Class B CFO to no more than one annual inspection by the LEHD. (This contradicts the wording of the bill, so the inspection requirement for Class A may be removed)
1icon_cool.gifAuthorizes the HD to inspect the home if they have reason to believe there is a violation

The next big hurdle is appropriations, where they will figure out how to pay for all these new inspections. If Class A inspections are being removed that will help reduce the cost of implementing the bill quite a bit.

Also of note, there are two pages of organizations who have registered in support of this bill (including AFL-CIO and Whole Foods) and none registered in opposition.
post #49 of 145
I have another question, if I am renting the house where I'm going to be doing business, do I need to contact the landlord? I'm so excited! I really hope this goes through before the end of the year
post #50 of 145
anyone have an update on the bill?
post #51 of 145
Thread Starter 
The bill was amended on 4/26 to implement the changes from the legislative analysis I posted above, so it looks like as long as you only sell direct to customers you may not need an inspection.

AB1616 is still in the appropriations committee, which determines the fiscal impact of the bill. They had a meeting today and did not discuss AB1616, so unless they have another meeting, pass it, and put it to a floor vote in the assembly by June 1st, the bill will have to wait until next year.

Bill status:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/postquery?bill_number=ab_1616&sess=CUR&house=A&search_type=bill_update

CA legislative deadlines:
http://assembly.ca.gov/legislativedeadlines

Contact info for the appropriations committee:
http://apro.assembly.ca.gov/
post #52 of 145
So, I take it chances are pretty slim for getting it passed this year?
post #53 of 145
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Depends how often the appropriations committee meets, if they only meet once a month there is zero chance for the bill to be passed this year. If they meet next week and pass AB 1616 there is a chance it could make it out of the Assembly, in which case the House has until Aug 31 to pass it.
post #54 of 145
I don't know if this falls under the cottage food law or not. But I was curious if it is possible to turn a garage into a licensed commercial kitchen? Or any area that's separated from the actual residence?
post #55 of 145
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Bellatrixx

I don't know if this falls under the cottage food law or not. But I was curious if it is possible to turn a garage into a licensed commercial kitchen? Or any area that's separated from the actual residence?


It is possible as long as you can pass a health department inspection and are compliant with local zoning ordinances. There would probably be a considerable up-front investment needed though.
post #56 of 145
i looked on the appropriations committee website and it says that they meet every Monday @ 11:00 AM. So maybe there is still hope!!
post #57 of 145
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Originally Posted by ATCakes

i looked on the appropriations committee website and it says that they meet every Monday @ 11:00 AM. So maybe there is still hope!!


The appropriations committee in the CA Senate meets every Monday, since this bill originated out of the assembly, the appropriations committee in the CA Assembly would have to approve it, and there is no mention of their schedule on the Assembly web site.

Senate appropriations would only get involved after the bill is passed by assembly appropriations, passed by assembly floor vote, and passed by the Senate health committee.
post #58 of 145
it looks as if they amended the bill again
post #59 of 145
It looks like it will be back to appropriations on 5/16.
post #60 of 145
Any updates yet?

And also, is there a website where i can see the updates myself?

Thanks for any replies.

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