Illinois state senators are proving they can work together and reach a deal, even when it seems all hope is lost. They shot down what's become known as "The Cupcake Bill" yesterday because it would've required people to get a license and take a sanitation class if they wanted to sell items from their home kitchen. A rewording of the bill passed later in the day.
Opponents say the first bill was too restrictive. Only 17 senators originally voted for the deal but after a few hours of negotiation it was up for another vote, this time without the license and sanitation stipulations. It passed with 57-votes the second time around. The bill was the result of the plea of 11 year old Chloe Stirling of Troy who had her home baking business shut down because she did not have the proper permits or equipment for an in-home business. Her case garnered national attention and sympathy, including new kitchen equipment from TV host Rachel Ray and donated construction for her own kitchen.