Massachusetts House Passes Bill Overturning Bake Sale Ban
“That is the stupidest thing I’ve seen in my career,” state Rep. Cory Atkins (D-Concord), moments after the House unanimously voted to ease the statewide cupcake crackdown. “Talk about hitting the nerve of government reaching far into people’s lives.”
State Rep. Brad Hill (R-Ipswich) offered the amendment, which leaves it up to local school committees whether to adopt the Department of Public Health rules, after hearing about an Ipswich school arts group that would have had to cancel bake-sale field trip fundraisers and fielding complaints from the local football Boosters concerned about their concession stands.
“I was outraged,” said Hill. “This is not what government was set up to do. Then when I started hearing from the groups and how this would affect different fundraising activities, it upset me even more.”
The fact that this passed unanimously, with the help of all the Democrats in the House, shows just how far outside the pale this ban was.
Of course, the ban isn’t completely lifted yet:
The ban passed as an amendment to the House’s supplemental budget. It still has to pass the Senate and be signed by Gov. Deval Patrick.
Let’s hope they don’t stand in the way of overturning this.