Tamale bill heads back to Governor’s desk | News

Megan Spector
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KVOA) – The commonly known “Tamale Bill” is headed back to the Governor’s desk.

The bill, which would legalize the street sale of certain home-cooked foods, passed in the House last month and made it through the Senate this week.

Here in Tucson, many of us are familiar with people selling tamales and other street food in parking lots and around town. This bill is trying to legalize these sales.

Along with the smell of fresh tamales, there’s a familiar face you may have seen outside your grocery store. Alma Taylor has sold tamales in parking lots around the city for 21 years to help make a living. She tells News 4 Tucson that working a normal job, she doesn’t make much, so she sells tamales to make more money.

She says on days that she sells, she spends about two hours cooking and two hours selling. She usually sells about six dozen a day totaling about $115 a day.

“If someone can produce something at home in addition to their job or make it their job and create some extra income or create some part-time work for someone who comes and helps them in their kitchen, it’s a wonderful thing. And that’s why it’s a win. It’s a win for people; it’s a win for Arizona; it’s a win for everyone,” said Representative Travis Grantham.

Representative Travis Grantham is the bill’s prime sponsor. After a similar bill was vetoed by the Governor last year, another bill was reintroduced this year with a few small changes to address some of the Governor’s concerns.

“Someone in the kitchen has to hold a food handler card and oversee the production of the food,” said Representative Grantham.

However, when it comes to questions of health and safety, Representative Grantham said, “I really think the people who do this take a lot of pride in what they do. Most of them eat it as well and feed it to their families. The data is not there to support that concern.”

Kevin Andrades runs Taco Los Compas on Ft. Lowell. While his food truck does have a license, he says he’s no stranger to the homemade street food scene.

“I grew up in the southern part of Mexico so over there, everywhere you go there are street vendors and all that so it’s pretty much how I grew up, so I don’t see anything bad about it,” said Andrades. “Pretty much just like us, we do this for a full time so we try to make a living for us three so I understand why they would do that too.”

Representative Grantham tells News 4 he’s confident Governor Hobbs will sign this bill this time around.



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