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post #46 of 81
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Originally Posted by historygeek7 View Post

How will church bake sales be affected by this?  Will all the ladies in my church need to take the Food Safety course?  Or does this apply *only* to home-based businesses?  (I'm sorry if this sounds flippant, but I'm honestly trying to figure out how this bill will work in practice)

"Religious or charitable food sales" are already exempted from health dept requirements based on existing law in LA, this would not be changed by the new bill.

§305(A)(1)(b) in the link below, page 6:
http://inspections.eatsafe.la.gov/images/healthcode.pdf
post #47 of 81

A friend of mine and I have been working with Senator Ward on this. The bill has been drafted in a very simple form at this point in anticipation of requests for more restrictive amendments. We don't want to restrict anything that they don't care about!

 

It passed the Senate Health and Welfare committee, but just barely!

 

A big part of the problem is that we have 'Associations' against us and no united front for home bakers. 

 

As a result, I have posted links to form letters to e-mail our representatives (one from the perspective of a prospective customer and one from home bakers) all over my Facebook and have asked that my friends share. Our objective is to flood the inboxes of our representatives. They are definitely hearing from the opposition, and they need to hear from those who support the bill as well! 

 

Senator Ward is working very hard for the home bakers of Louisiana, but it WILL NOT PASS if those of us who support the bill do not speak up, and LOUDLY!

 

Here are the links to the form letters. This is the one from the bakers' perspective: https://docs.google.com/a/fruchey.net/document/d/1MBtA0FqSU7_4kOUjtXGZ7Rt6-9DXq51uaWfj2ixmNnE/pub

 

And this is from the customers' perspective: https://docs.google.com/a/fruchey.net/document/d/1-lXi1zOgsk5CbMEy1eGCteQeNrtILZFzgBb4lWvc7qw/pub

 

PLEASE e-mail your representatives--it takes SECONDS! But also share these links on your social media pages so that your friends and family members who support you can help out.

 

Here is the link to the site that will help you to find your representatives: http://house.louisiana.gov/H_Reps/H_Reps_ByAddress.asp

post #48 of 81

Haha. I posted before reading the thread and didn't notice that Roxane had posted. Hi! icon_biggrin.gif

post #49 of 81
Debbie - US Army (Retired) --aka "The Cake Sarge"

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Debbie - US Army (Retired) --aka "The Cake Sarge"

Good Cake Ain't Cheap! Cheap Cake Ain't Good!
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post #50 of 81
The bill needs to pass the state senate and house, so you would contact both Barrow and Brown. You would only contact US Congressman and Senators to provide feedback for federal bills.
post #51 of 81
You need to contact both your state house and state senator. The bill is still being tweaked and language being changed before it heads to the senate floor
post #52 of 81
Would you
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Originally Posted by Fancy Cakes View Post

You need to contact both your state house and state senator. The bill is still being tweaked and language being changed before it heads to the senate floor
happen to know what percentage of the bill is opposed v approved??Thanks for the updates!!
post #53 of 81
Baking queen I am not sure what you mean??
post #54 of 81
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Originally Posted by Fancy Cakes View Post

Baking queen I am not sure what you mean??
Oops sorry fancy cakes I did word that a little wierd! What I ment to say was do you think more people are complaining about the bill or is there more people approving of it? I read earlier that it was getting quite a bit of complaints from the public
post #55 of 81

I must jump on my soap box for a minute.....

 

I know a few selfish bakery owners that are super pissed about this bill.   I also know a few of them that started in their home (illegally) before they opened their "bakery".   Everyone had/has to start somewhere.   Not everyone can go out the gate with a storefront/retail bakery.   If I am registered with Department of Health and paying my taxes, then shut up.   If you have great service and a great product....it should't matter if 100 people start baking cakes in your town.  They obviously are worried....not my problem.  

 

Jumping down.....

Debbie - US Army (Retired) --aka "The Cake Sarge"

Good Cake Ain't Cheap! Cheap Cake Ain't Good!
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Debbie - US Army (Retired) --aka "The Cake Sarge"

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post #56 of 81
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Originally Posted by ddaigle View Post

If you have great service and a great product....it should't matter if 100 people start baking cakes in your town.  

Except it does matter, especially if local bakers have excellent cake decorating skills but poor business skills and undercut the market. That's not necessarily a reason to oppose the bill, but from an economic standpoint it's better for everyone if there are at least some barriers to entry (certainly less than the situation without a CFL) so people have to at least think about the business side before they start selling.
post #57 of 81
I don't know percentages. However we need to remember that the opposition has an association to represent them. Home bakers do not. We can scream our point of view from the highest mountain, but it still remains just our point of view, just as the bakeries have a right to their point of view. We will have to be patient as the final details are being worked out with the bill and see where it leads us.
post #58 of 81
Passed the Senate today!
post #59 of 81
Wow. What a day! Passed senate, headed to the house floor next. Contact your reps !! It's very important to push this now.
post #60 of 81
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Originally Posted by Fancy Cakes View Post

Wow. What a day! Passed senate, headed to the house floor next. Contact your reps !! It's very important to push this now.
How are we supposed to contact our reps and who do we contact to help pass this bill!?icon_smile.gif
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