Rep. Jesse Young has bill signed into law

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Rep. Jesse Young has bill signed into law

A bill sponsored by Rep. Jesse Young, R-Gig Harbor, was signed into law today. House Bill 1622 is aimed at fostering economic development and opportunity throughout the state and 26th District.

“In order to spur economic growth and add family-wage jobs across the state and in the Twenty-sixth District, we must strengthen the foundation of our economy, and this bill does just that,” said Young.

House Bill 1622 strengthens entrepreneurial opportunities and small business growth within the cottage food industry by relaxing regulations. It passed both the House and Senate with unanimous support and had the backing of the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA).

Under the direction of the state Legislature, WSDA oversees the rules relating to foods produced in cottage kitchens. A cottage food operation is defined as a person who produces, in the kitchen of their residence, a food that is not potentially hazardous. Currently, WSDA approves food items such as baked goods cooked in an oven, jams, seasonings and flavored vinegars. Young's bill expands that definition to include items cooked on the stovetop.

“It seems rather obvious to allow these types of items to be bought and sold at local markets,” Young said. “This is a prime example of how over regulation can stifle opportunities for the little guy. By expanding opportunities for cottage food entrepreneurs, we can begin to grow this important part of our economy. For many this is a necessary second income, and I am happy to support opening up opportunities within the cottage food industry.”

Bills go into effect 90 days following the adjournment of the regular legislative session.

Gov. Jay Inslee signs Rep. Young's House Bill 1622Caption: Gov. Jay Inslee signs Rep. Jesse Young's House Bill 1622


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