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OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma House lawmakers voted unanimously today to approve a bill that would allow home bakeries to operate without a food preparation license.
Home food establishments would be defined as businesses that earn less than $20,000 a year and produces baked goods for sale that do not contain meat or fresh fruit, under the House Bill 1094, which is entitled the Home Bakery Act of 2013.
The bill’s author, state Rep. Dustin Roberts, said a local petition in his district led to his interest in the bill.
“Home bakeries are allowed to operate more freely in many states and I think it is time to allow Oklahomans to sell baked goods out of their home without burdensome licensing requirements,” said Roberts, R-Durant. “Small home baking operations are a great way for families to make additional money to supplement their income. Numerous individuals in our state have small cake baking and decorating businesses and make money preparing cakes for birthdays, weddings and special events. Other small home businesses focus on catering. I think it’s something we need to encourage.”
House Bill 1094 was approved by a 92-0 vote. It now advances to the state Senate.