Judge gets testy in state fight with home bakers

A circuit-court judge in Wisconsin has gotten just a little testy with the state in its fight to try to banish, or at least severely restrict, the activities of home bakers.

Those would be people who might want to occasionally whip up a batch of cookies or cakes and sell them to the public.

That was illegal in the state until just last year, when Judge Duane M. Jorgenson, responding to a lawsuit over the state regulations enforced by the defendants, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and its chief, Ben Brancel, ruled otherwise.

The judge found that the state already was allowing people to sell various foods without meeting the requirements for licensing and building a commercial kitchen, so those demands could not arbitrarily be applied to those home bakers, represented in the case by Lisa Kivirist, Kriss Marion and Dela Ends, the plaintiffs.



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