As I See It
Cookie bill looks tasty
Finally, some common sense in Madison. Lawmakers are considering ending the state’s ban on the sale of home-baked goods. The legislation is called the “cookie bill.” If passed, it would allow people to sell their homemade treats, like breads, muffins and cookies. It is not clear exactly why it is illegal now. Wisconsin and New Jersey are the only states which prohibit the for-profit sale of baked goods made in a home kitchen. It has prompted a lawsuit against the state filed by some home bakers who argue the state’s ban on home-baked goods is unconstitutional. Some health advocates say the current ban is designed to protect public health, but this bill addresses that, requiring sellers to register with the state, and to take a food safety class. They also would have to follow a number of requirements, regarding labeling, and keeping track of their sales. The bill would also limit income from the cookie sales to no more than $7500 a year. This bill should win approval from lawmakers. It allows us to sample some tasty treats, and encourages people to start their own business. But this idea has come up before, and despite bipartisan support in the Senate, failed to pass in the Assembly. Let’s hope this year, just like the muffins and cookies, this batch comes out just right.