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"Cupcake" Bill Advances in State Legislature

Legislation moves to the full Senate

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    Legislation prompted by the shutdown of an Illinois girl's home-baked cupcake operation is one step closer to law.

    An Illinois Senate committee voted 6-0 on Tuesday to approve home-baking regulations. The measure -- HB5354 -- would require sellers to go through sanitation training, pay fees, label ingredients, and let consumers know the product was made in a home kitchen. It applies to those making less than $1,000 per month.

    Chloe Stirling's home kitchen operation in Troy was shut down by the Madison County Health Department earlier this year. The 12-year-old told legislators she was raising money for a car. She later met Gov. Pat Quinn and gave him four cupcakes.

    She appeared before the committee Tuesday, carrying two containers of cupcakes, and charmed senators with her testimony, the Belleville News-Democrat reported.

    The legislation now moves to the full Senate for consideration.


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