Legislation Initiatives


Moving Into the 2020-2021 Legislative Session – Your Voice Matters:

updated 12/04/2020

With 2020 coming to a close and 2021 quickly approaching it is time to gear up in-order to make positive changes to the Minnesota cottage food laws. MNCFPA, Institute for Justice, MFMA along with others have been hard at work all year getting ready for the upcoming session. We are needing and asking for cottage food producers to get involved. You are a stakeholder and your voice matters!

Our objective for this session is to change the current cottage food law to allow CFP’s to earn a livable wage by increasing the revenue cap, expand the cottage food exemption to include non-potentially hazardous cat and dog treats, and convince MDA to change their policy disallowing CFP’s from forming as an LLC.  In order to make sure our voices are heard, MNCFPA will be hosting coalition meetings between the hours of 4-7 on Wednesday, December 9th and from 9-11 am on Thursday, December 10th. These meetings will be held via Zoom (there will be an option to call in too). These informational meetings will be about 30 minutes and will not commit you to anything.  If you are interested in attending a meeting please email: jcarriveau@mncfpa.org

Check out the following link for more information on getting involved: Getting Involved in the Legislative Process

 


 

The Coalition to Reform MN Cottage Food Law is working for CFPs, and we need your help to make positive changes for everyone…

updated 11/08/2020

The election is behind us and the 2020-2021 legislative session will be here before we know it. If you are interested in strengthening the cottage food law here in MN please contact one of the board members. Additionally, keep an eye on this page for updates.

updated 08/27/2020

The Minnesota Cottage Food Association is working on legislation that will help cottage food producers earn more income to grow their businesses, allow the sale of pet treats, and change MDA’s policy of disallowing CFPs from filing their business as an LLC with the MN Secretary of State’s Office. In order to accomplish this, we need your help! We will be hosting meetings for cottage food producers to discuss the legislation and provide input. Each meeting will provide an overview of the bills, information about how you can get involved in our legislative effort, and updates as to where we are in the process. We know that everyone is busy and want to stress that this is not a full time job. We encourage anyone with any interest at all to join and decide how involved you want to be. There are links below to join the coalition or to ask for more information. We look forward to any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have and hope you decide to support reforming the current MN cottage food laws to strengthen the cottage food industry in Minnesota. 


Minnesota’s Cottage Food Laws to Increase Income Potential in 2020-2021

Update: 08/15/2020

Unfortunately, the legislative session was interrupted by the COVID-19 and we were unable finish our work at the Capitol. That being said, we are not giving up and are in the process of organizing our efforts for 2020-2021. Our focus will continue to be on adding pet treats (cat and dog) to the cottage food law, increasing the revenue cap, and allowing for individuals to structure their business as an LLC. The legislation from last year can be found at the bottom of this page.

If you would like to become involved please contact us https://www.mncfpa.org/215-2/  Also, please visit our events calendar (located on our home page) as we will be updating and adding events for you to become involved.


2019-2020 Minnesota Legislative Session

We are currently working on amending the current cottage law. We are focusing on adding pet treats (cat and dog) to the cottage food law, increasing the revenue cap, and allowing for individuals to structure their business as an LLC. Here are the links to the current proposed legislation:

https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/text.php?number=SF3450&version=0&session=ls91&session_year=2020&session_number=0

https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/text.php?number=SF3445&version=latest&session=ls91&session_year=2020&session_number=0