HB970 And Why It’s Important
If you live in Texas and sell cakes out of your home – even occasionally or if you might want to in the future – you need to be aware of House Bill 970 and how it can affect home bakers.
Our club’s own Kelley Masters has been on the forefront of home baker law in Texas for ages. She runs an excellent website resource at http://www.texascottagefoodlaw.com/ and a Facebook page that has regular updates here. She sums up the key elements of the bill on her site this way:
- Expands the list of allowed foods
- Lets you sell at a location other than your home
- Prohibits municipalities from outlawing cottage food operations through zoning.
If you can get to the Capitol when the Facebook page lists events, please do. And everyone should call their representative and ask them to support HB970. If you’ve got a personal story to share why this bill would benefit you, be sure to tell them that. There’s a lobby out there trying to keep this bill from passing, so your voice is key to maintaining and expanding your right to sell baked goods from your home. See Kelley’s How to Help section for more ways to get involved and have your voice heard.