Picture this: you're loading groceries into your car when a lady approaches you. She holds a bag of fresh-made goodness and asks, "Tamales"? Why, yes, I'll take a bag. You know they're going to be delicious and authentic.

If you've lived in the Southwest longer than a minute, this has happened at least once. I live in a rural area, and our busy corner attracts local, small kitchen vendors.

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A woman sells popcorn, honey, and preserves and another sells her fresh-made sourdough. On the weekend, a lady sells farm-fresh eggs, and a man sets up a booth with fresh fruits and vegetables.

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The "Tamale Bill": Culinary Freedom and Opportunity

These cottage industries are small, home-based operations. The small pop-ups help eliminate our food desert, which is caused by poor access to healthy, affordable foods without driving almost twenty miles into town.

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The Arizona “tamale bill,” recently signed into law by Governor Katie Hobbs, is a step toward culinary freedom and economic opportunity. This piece of legislation is officially known as House Bill 2042. The bill legalized the sale of homemade perishable foods, that require refrigeration, which includes tamales, baked goods, tortillas and more.

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Why the Tamale Bill is Good for Arizona

House Bill 2042 can empower small, home-based cooks. These creators can share their culinary creations with the public without the constraints of commercial kitchen regulations. Supporters say this bill helps to preserve cultural heritage and allow family recipes to live on.

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Last year, the governor vetoed the bill due to health department safety concerns. After a bipartisan uproar, lawmakers and the public highlighted how important this legislation is to preserving Arizona’s Latino community.

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After some important changes, the bill was refined and presented again. The bill was signed into law by Governor Hobbs.

The “tamale bill” is more than legislation. It helps small-batch creators who strive to use quality ingredients continue to share their craft with the public.

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