Quinn to sign 'cupcake bill' at Troy girl's home

News-DemocratJune 9, 2014 

Gov. Pat Quinn plans to be in Troy on Tuesday to sign the "cupcake bill" -- the legislation inspired by the Madison County Health Department's shut-down of a 12-year-old girl's cupcake-making operation.

Quinn is expected to sign House Bill 5354 during a ceremony at 1:30 p.m. at the home of the Troy girl, Chloe Stirling.

The bill prohibits state and county health departments from regulating home-based cooking operations, as long as their monthly sales don't exceed $1,000, and as long as buyers are informed that the items are homemade.

The state Legislature approved the bill during the spring session that recently concluded.The Senate passed the bill 57-0, while the House passed it 106-0.

For the bill's sponsor, Rep. Charlie Meier, R-Okawville, the legislation was almost a flop. After the bill cleared the House and went to the Senate, a Democrat senator from Chicago tried to tack on some education, license and fee requirements, but those add-ons were rejected.

The health department shut down Chloe's rogue operation after receiving a complaint from an adult who wanted to start a home-based cooking operation. A few days earlier, the Belleville News-Democrat had published a feature story about the girl's baking skills. The girl was making less than $200 per month selling cupcakes to people who learned about her confections through word of mouth.

Contact reporter Brian Brueggemann at bbrueggemann@bnd.com or 239-2511.

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