SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois lawmakers have revived a so-called “cupcake bill” introduced after a young girl’s home baking operation was shut down.
The Senate on Tuesday initially defeated the measure, which paves the way for home kitchen businesses making less than $1,000 per month.
But hours later, lawmakers moved to reconsider it and a controversial amendment was withdrawn. Legislators then voted 57-0 to approve the bill.
“Let them eat cupcakes,” said Sen. Heather Steans, a Chicago Democrat.
The legislation, which now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn, was introduced after the Madison County Health Department shut down 12-year-old Chloe Stirling’s cupcake business in Troy.
After the initial vote, the girl told the Chicago Sun-Times (https://bit.ly/1pvVIfi) that she was “kind of surprised … I learned that probably you don’t get what you want all the time, but it’s good to still try.”
Her mother, Heather Stirling, said Chloe learned a lot but called the outcome ridiculous and disappointing.
“We’re in the exact same spot that started this mess,” she told the Sun-Times.
Among the bill’s opponents during the Senate’s first vote was Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis, a dairy magnate who is running for U.S. Senate. He and other critics said the amendment - which was later withdrawn - imposed overly burdensome regulations.
Oberweis said the proposed rules would have sidetracked his own entrepreneurial spirit at a young age.
“This may sound like a silly thing known as the ‘cupcake girl’ bill, but this goes to the heart of what goes on in Springfield,” Oberweis said. “It’s an example of how we are Illinois-ing - killing - entrepreneurship among kids.”
The measure as approved requires sellers to tell consumers the product was made in a home.
The bill is HB5354.
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