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California Adopts a Mixed Bag of Food Laws: New at Reason

Governor Jerry Brown, right, reviews legislation in his office on Sept. 30. Renee C. Byer/ZUMA Press/NewscomGovernor Jerry Brown, right, reviews legislation in his office on Sept. 30. Renee C. Byer/ZUMA Press/NewscomA trio of new laws recently passed in California should make life easier for home food entrepreneurs, street vendors, and craft distillers in the state. That's great news for food freedom and the entrepreneurs and consumers who drive its spread. But as with so many bursts of law-signing, there was some awful with the good.

On September 18, the same day he signed the homemade food law, Gov. Jerry Brown also signed a new law that will crack down on people who want to share food with the homeless and others in need. Baylen Linnekin explains how California may have set a troubling new precedent in regulating kindness.

Photo Credit: Renee C. Byer/ZUMA Press/Newscom

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