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Senate committee passes "cookie bill" with $25,000 income limit for home bakers

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MADISON (WKOW) -- One week after a state judge ruled Wisconsin's law banning the sale of home-baked goods unconstitutional, a State Senate committee passed legislation allowing people to sell up to $25,000 worth of home-baked goods per year without obtaining a food processing plant license.

The original version of SB 271 would have set the income limit at $7,500, but an amendment passed by the Senate Committee on Public Benefits, Licensing and State-Federal Regulations supported boosting the limit to be more in line with neighboring states.

The $25,000 limit would put Wisconsin on the same level as Illinois, and above both Michigan and Minnesota. Iowa has no limit on the amount of home-baked goods that can be sold in a calendar year.

All of those states already allow the sale of home-baked goods without a license.

The bill does subject home bakers to some state oversight.

"Home bakers would need to adhere to labeling, signage and training requirements, as well as register with the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. And they would have to document their sales," said Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls), who authored the SB 271.

The bill would also require all sales to take place on a face-to-face basis, while prohibiting door-to-door sales.

A separate bill being circulated by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) would eliminate food processing plant license requirements for bakers of all sizes.

Speaker Vos has stopped past attempts to eliminate the licensing requirement for home bakers. 

SB 271 is opposed by the Wisconsin Restaurant Association, Wisconsin Grocers Association and the Wisconsin Public Health Association.

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