Friday, July 15, 2011

Because You Googled It: More on Cottage Industry Act

It's funny that I would be begin the AE's new feature, "Because You Googled It" with a summary about the Cottage Industry Act (which is not its real name, as I will get to in a bit); within a day, the Google stats showed about 14 searches for the house bill on this site; the law took effect on July 1st of this year.  I was originally going to do the first BYGI on bringing cast iron cookware on a plane, and will probably get around to answering that question at some point.

First of all, it's not actually called the Cottage Industry Act; it's regularly known, in the FL legislature, as House Bill 7209, or the "Consumer Services Functions/DOACS," and was signed into law by Governor Scott on 06/21/2011.  It took effect on July 1st of this year, and here is the summary of the part about cottage industries:
The bill creates a regulatory system for Cottage Food Operations, to exempt from permitting by the department a cottage food operation that sells less than $15,000 annually, and provides for labeling requirements of cottage food products.
Pretty straightforward, and basically what we already knew.  There are three companion bills, one is still in the system, one failed, and the third one, SB2122, is (like the other two) basically contains deregulatory measures through attrition of resources and personnel and keeps taxes low on grapefruit and other Florida citrus.

That's really all the info I have on it right now.
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