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On second try, Senate passes 'cupcake girl' legislation

9 months, 4 weeks ago From suntimes.com

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At first, it looked like the “cupcake-girl” bill suffered the same fate as an overbaked batch of brownies or cookies: It got tossed.

But the Illinois Senate had second thoughts, undoing a vote it had taken earlier in the day and voting to give a downstate 12-year-old cupcake baker the right to stay in business without her family having to build on a second kitchen in their home to satisfy their county public health department.

The Senate used a parliamentary maneuver to reverse a 17-32 vote that appeared to have killed legislation aimed to help Chloe Stirling. On a second try, the Senate voted 57-0 on legislation that would keep her mixing bowls spinning and bake-oven lit.

"Let them eat cupcakes," said state Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chicago, after the early-evening revote.

Earlier in the day, the Senate overwhelmingly rejected legislation that would have permitted home-baked bake sales so long as the sellers agreed to undergo sanitation training, label ingredients, pay licensing fees, notify buyers their products were made in a home kitchen and had sales of less than $1,000 per month. 

State Sen. Donne Trotter, D-Chicago, the bill's chief Senate sponsor, agreed to remove those requirements from the bill so that it returned to the form that had passed the House earlier. That plan allowed local health departments to take action against home-kitchen operations that sell baked goods only in the event of a complaint or foodborne illness outbreak.

The legislative push aimed to address what many felt was the injustice of a 12-year-old Chloe Stirling in Downstate Troy having her home-baked, cupcake-sale operation shut down by Madison County public health officials.

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