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The story of the Kentucky Home Bakers & House Bill 263
When I originally moved to Kentucky in 2013, I was devastated to find out my business would become illegal. After years of watching people try to change the law, I knew I had to step in and get our voices heard! I created the Kentucky Home Bakers, as a way to spread the word that the people of Kentucky wanted and needed a change in their cottage food law.
There were still people working on the law change at the time I stepped in. Connie Hathorn, and Lindsey Ballard had started a page called, Kentucky Cottage Food Law. Seeing that they were trying to gather stories and raise awareness inspired me to step in to help. I didn’t even originally start my page with the intention of it growing as much as it did. I simply wanted to find bakers who had a story to share, and also help Connie and Lindsey’s page get more views. Thankfully, I also found many bakers who were willing to come out of the shadows and share their stories with me on our website. Their stories can still be read on our ‘Baker’s Stories’ page.
I reached out to the Institute for Justice, and found that they were willing to also jump in and help us! I started a Change.org petition sharing my story, and as a way to find other people who were interested in helping. I contacted Brianna Clark, an anchor with WPSD in Paducah, and she decided to share our story! The story was so popular that it was picked up by the CNN news wire, and shared all around the country.
Representative Richard Heath, was very interested in helping us change this law, after seeing his own sister’s baking dreams be shut down by the health department. Rep. Heath said he would help us, and in January 2018 filed and sponsored our bill! The bill also had other wonderful Representatives who co-sponsored it with Rep. Heath:
- Rep. Myron Dossett
- Rep. Daniel Elliot
- Rep. David Hale
- Rep. Kim King
- Rep. Chad McCoy
- Rep. Robert Mills
- Rep. Jason Petrie
- Rep. Jody Richards
- Rep. Bart Rowland
- Rep. Wilson Stone
- Rep. Walker Thomas
- Rep. William Wells
- Rep. Susan Westrom
House bill 263 unanimously passed the house and senate. It was signed on April 2, 2018 into law by Governor Matt Bevin. The new law took effect July 14, 2018.
Here is the continuing coverage from WPSD and news anchor Brianna Clark: Home Bakers Can Soon Sell Goods From Home
The law changing has been like my whole story coming full circle. From the moment in 2009 when I started my own home baking business in Sikeston, Missouri, to the moment I found myself with an empty bank account as a single mom, praying to God to help me in 2013. (which He did help me.) It all led up to this moment! You can read my full story here: Jennifer Lopez Baking Story. I’m so happy that this law will help so many bakers and families across the state of Kentucky!!!