The Pryor Times

February 20, 2013

Committee approves home bakery act

— OKLAHOMA CITY – Members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives Public Health Committee voted to approve a bill that would exempt home bakeries from food preparation licensing requirements in the state.

“These businesses are allowed in many states and I think Oklahoma needs to allow them to remain competitive. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and I try to do what I can to support them,” said Roberts, R-Durant.

Known as the Home Bakery Act of 2013, House Bill 1094, by state Rep. Dustin Roberts, would exempt home bakeries from state health department licensing 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.

“These home bakeries would be limited in what they could prepare without a license and required to mark their goods as home bakery products, but would basically allow them to operate outside of the regulatory system that larger operations have to go through,” Roberts said.

Roberts said a petition by constituents led to his interest in home bakeries.

House Bill 1094 was approved by a 9-1 vote in committee. If approved by the House Calendar Committee, it will be available for a hearing on the House floor.