HB 617: you are what you eat (February 16, 2013)
Yesterday, via Twitter:
Rep. Mark Parkinson @markparkinson
@MBersin You forgot to mention Steve Webb (he feels neglected)…[….] 8:12 p.m. – Feb 16, 2013
Oh, but we did:
FIRST REGULAR SESSION
HOUSE BILL NO. 617
97TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES PARKINSON (Sponsor) AND WEBB (Co-sponsor).
There is another (as Representative Parkinson (r) so helpfully pointed out):
HB 440 [pdf] — Sale of Cottage Foods
This bill allows a cottage food production operation to sell baked goods, canned jam or jelly, dried herbs, and dried herb mixes from its home without being subject to state health and food laws and regulations if it has an annual gross income of $50,000 or less. The operation is required to label all foods intended for sale with the name and address of the operation and a statement that the food is not inspected by the Department of Health and Senior Services or a local health department. The bill prohibits a cottage food production operation from selling any cottage foods through the Internet.
Why, the bills are practically identical. One was sponsored by a Democrat and co-sponsored by a republican. Then they switched places. Two separate bills saying the same thing introduced in the same session. Think for a minute about why that would be.