Don't ever underestimate the power of pissed-off bakers. Gov. Rick Perry knows. That's why he signed Senate Bill 81 last week. (Because no candidate wants chocolate cake with thick butter cream icing thrown at his campaign bus in Iowa.)
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The new law allows home bakers around the state to peddle their wares legitimately. There are a few restrictions, but it's really all good. What matters is the little guy won this time. And since this little guy in particular makes cookies, cakes and pies, we actually all win.
"This has always been a small-business issue as well as a food-safety issue for me," said state Rep. Lois Kolkhorst, who sponsored the home baker portion of the bill. "Job creation is wealth creation. I'm proud to be part of the food freedom movement and hopefully my amendment will result in thousands of new jobs for Texan families and small businesses."
Don't pre-heat just yet though. The law doesn't go into effect until September 1. In the meantime, check out the Texas Baker's Bill Facebook page, which continues to be the best stomping grounds for discussions that cover all the angles.