Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014
"Cupcake Bill" Headed to Governor
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois lawmakers have revived a so-called "cupcake bill" introduced after a young girl's home baking operation was shut down.
The Senate on Tuesday initially defeated the proposal, which paves the way for home kitchen businesses making less than $1,000 per month.
Republican Sen. Jim Oberweis was among opponents. The dairy magnate said proposed regulations tacked on to the bill would have sidetracked his own entrepreneurial spirit at a young age.
But the Senate later moved to reconsider the bill and that amendment was withdrawn. Lawmakers then voted 57-0 to pass the measure. Sen. Heather Steans says: "Let them eat cupcakes."
The legislation arose after the Madison County Health Department shut down 12-year-old Chloe Stirling's cupcake business in Troy. It now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn.
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