Wednesday, May 20, 2009

A charity can't sell a pie? Ban jostles Pa. Legislature

From the "You Can't Make This Stuff Up" Department. Pennsylvania Division.

The squeaky wheel gets the ... Crisco?

As the wrangling over ways to fill a $3 billion hole in the state budget gets under way in Harrisburg, some lawmakers are hoping to make a little noise about home-baked pies.

Lawmakers introduced bills in the House and Senate recently that would prevent Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture inspectors from citing churches and other community groups for serving food that was prepared in home kitchens, a practice against the law in Pennsylvania.

"If church members can't prepare a home-cooked meal or dessert and take it to the church for fellow members or the local community to enjoy, what's next?" said Sen. Elder Vogel Jr., a Republican representing portions of Allegheny, Beaver and Lawrence counties, who introduced the Senate bill.

A similar bill was introduced in the House by Rep. Deberah Kula, a Democrat representing parts of Fayette and Westmoreland counties.

An Agriculture Department inspector fired the first salvo in the baked goods battle during Lent after spotting home-baked pies in St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Rochester. The church was told it's against the law to sell pies, cookies and cakes baked at home.

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