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Bill is a ‘Sweet Treat’ for Home Bakers

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Ridgewood NJ, New Jersey is the only state that prohibits the sale of fresh baked goods made in private kitchens, but Senator Kip Bateman has been working to change that for more than 10 years.

Bateman’s legislation that would bring the state more in line with the rest of the country advanced today when the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee passed S-73.

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N.J. may become last state with ban on sales of homemade baked goods

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By Spencer Kent | NJ Advance Media for
on April 27, 2017 at 11:00 AM, updated April 27, 2017 at 11:04 AM

New Jersey could become the last state in the nation to ban the sale of homemade baked goods.

A judge in Wisconsin — the only other state to have such a ban — will soon hear from attorneys on behalf of three women seeking to overturn Wisconsin’s law, according to the Journal Sentinel.

Both states currently ban the sale of home-baked cookies, muffins and other treats to the public citing health concerns and unfair competition against established businesses.

In New Jersey, home bakers need to either rent a commercial kitchen or install one in their homes, costing about $12,000. They are also subject to inspection by the state Department of Health and Senior Services.

Many home bakers in New Jersey have been lobbying to overturn the state’s ban for years. A few years ago, a measure passed New Jersey’s lower house, but state Sen. Joe Vitale ultimately refused to bring it up for a vote.