As you know, I've touted the Handmade Toy Alliance, of which my cousin Jill is a member, on behalf of folks who run small home-based businesses making toys, crafts, clothes, and the like. Via a Facebook message from an old friend and college classmate, Kathy Gregoire, I learn there's a related movement here in Texas called Texas Cottage Food Law. From their website:
With the economy in its current state, you may have been thinking of starting a little cake or cookie business from your home to help make ends meet.
But in Texas it is currently illegal to sell any food that was made in a residential kitchen. You cannot be licensed for a home bakery.
A group of dedicated cake artists are trying to change that law.
Representative Dan Gattis has filed a bill which would make it legal to sell non-potentially hazardous foods prepared in residential kitchens. It is House Bill 3282. This bill is currently before the Public Health Committee.
The Public Hearing was Tuesday, March 24. Watch a broadcast of it here.