Alabama Senate Panel OKs Bill to Allow Home Sale of Some Goods


By CBS-8 News

An Alabama state Senator took action after a county health department threatened to shut down a constituent's home bakery.
Sen. Rusty Glover says an old woman from his district would bake and sell cakes from her house, until the health department threatened to shut her down if she didn't submit to an inspection.
A Senate panel on Wednesday signed off on Glover's bill to exempt that type of so-called cottage industry from inspection. Alabamians would be allowed to sell from their homes baked goods, canned jams or jellies or dried herbs.
The goods would have to be labeled with contact information for the producer. They would also have to carry a disclaimer that the food isn't regulated.
Glover says he plans on amending the measure to limit sales to $5,000.

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Linda said on Sunday, Jul 15 at 9:01 AM

Did Governor Bentley sign off on this ? I just moved here. Thanks for your help.

cake lady said on Thursday, Apr 19 at 11:21 AM

This is fantastic!!!! Finally Alabama is moving into the 21st century. Regulating an unregulated industry of home bakers is a good thing and the state will make money in return. Now these bakers will have to submit sales taxes and that will help the state. They will also need to have liability insurance and in turn will have to include this as income and pay taxes on that income. It is a wonderful way to test the waters to see if a storefront is in the future and make a little extra money in the mean time. Which is what my plans are. I only wish the ceiling would be more in the 20k range. Texas has a 50k cap on annual earnings. We just need the Governor Bentley to sign off on it. This is GREAT news!!!!!

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