Written Testimony

Pull Out of Smarter Balanced Consortium: HB 1432 (2014)

February 11, 2014

To Members of the House Education Committee: Cornerstone Action does not support HB 1432 as written. We request that you move to amend HB 1432, to pull New Hampshire out of the Smarter Balanced Consortium and seek an alternative test.   There are achievement tests that have been in existence for many years that do not […]

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No to Assisted Suicide: HB 1325 (2014)

February 4, 2014

On behalf of our supporters throughout New Hampshire, we urge you to reject HB 1325, called by its sponsors a “death with dignity” bill. There’s no dignity involved when physician-prescribed death is regarded as medical treatment. Physician-prescribed death is a backdoor coat-cutting measure that puts a dollar sign between patient and healthcare provider. A lethal […]

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Get Parents’ OK for Mental Health Evals on Students: HB 384 (2013)

July 13, 2013

I am writing in support of HB384 an act requiring parental consent prior to the administration of a mental health examination to students in public schools. Below, you will see Federal Law “Right to review Curriculum” United States Code, Title 20 1232h Protection of pupil rights. I’d like to highlight:  (a) Inspection of instructional materials by […]

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Let’s Boost Civics: HB 159 (2013)

January 17, 2013

Cornerstone Action supports HB 159, which would require patriotic exercises in public schools on Federal Constitution Day. According to the recent NAEP U.S. History results, our students are failing at Civics.   As you can see from the graph below, there is a real problem in this content area.   Per: Students Fail at Civics: NAEP History […]

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Religious Liberty Is Under Attack

August 21, 2012

When President Obama visited Rochester, N.H., last week, Sister Mary Agnes of the St. Charles Children Home covered the organization’s sign with a new message: “Pray for Religious Freedom.” As I join the Sisters in prayer for our inalienable natural right to religious liberty, which is protected by both our state and federal constitutions, I thought […]

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Chairman McGinley’s Remarks at ‘Conservative Women Leaders Speak Out’ Press Conference

July 17, 2012

Good Morning! I’m Shannon McGinley – Chairman of Cornerstone Policy Research and Cornerstone Action – fighting to protect the sanctity of life, marriage, liberty, religious freedom and economic prosperity so that families can thrive in New Hampshire. The Obama Administration and I have a fundamental disagreement on the definition of “The War on Women.” Support […]

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Support the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban, HB 1679 (2012)

May 30, 2012

(Note: HB 1679 became law after Governor Lynch’s veto was overridden in June 2012.) Cornerstone asks legislators to keep these points in mind while considering HB 1679. We strongly favor this bill to prevent partial-birth abortions from being committed in the Granite State. The bill is about a particularly barbaric procedure, not about the right […]

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It’s Time to Look at Abortion Statistics: HB 1680 (2012)

April 12, 2012

Cornerstone Action supports HB 1680, which began as a bill to require the collection of abortion statistics. It was amended in the House to require the oversight committee to establish a subcommittee to advise the general court on the potential collection of abortion data. However circuitous the route might be, we think the destination is […]

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Cornerstone Supports HB 228; Urges State Senators to Distinguish Abortion from Health Care

April 5, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 4/5/12 CONTACT: Ellen Kolb, Legislative Affairs Director  603-321-2703 Cornerstone Supports HB 228;UrgesStateSenators to Distinguish Abortion from Health Care In days when insurance co-pays and insistence on religious freedom are called elements of “a war on women” by some of our fellow citizens, we need to set the record straight. Women do indeed […]

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Teacher certification: HB 1467 (2012)

February 16, 2012

Cornerstone Action supports HB 1467, relative to educational requirements for  teacher certification in New Hampshire. I believe there are two areas in education that would improve the quality of education for all students in New Hampshire.  The first would be improving the curricula, programs and textbooks used in many of our classrooms. Some programs have significant […]

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Encourage Schools To Advise Parents About Speakers: HB 1461 (2012)

January 31, 2012

Cornerstone Action supports HB 1461, which requires school officials to notify parents of a class or event involving an outside speaker and allow parents to opt for their child not to participate in the class or event. There are a number of examples where parents are finding out their children have been required to participate […]

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Concerns With International Baccalaureate: HB 1403 (2012)

January 29, 2012

Cornerstone Action supports   HB 1403, relative to providing pupils with curriculum and instruction regarding state and national sovereignty and establishing a committee to study the implementation of the International Baccalaureate program in New Hampshire. There are four issues with the International Baccalaureate Program that communities have faced in their respective districts. Cost Pedagogy Political Affiliation […]

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Women’s Right to Know: HB 1659 (2012)

January 24, 2012

Cornerstone Action offers our strong support for HB 1659, the Women’s Right to Know Act. The thirteen co-sponsors have our thanks for proposing this comprehensive act. Informed consent is essential to good health care. In order for women to be in control of their own health, they need full and accurate information about any proposed […]

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Addressing NCLB: HB 1413 & HB 1517 (2012)

January 18, 2012

Cornerstone Action supports HB 1413 and HB 1517. While both bills address the federal No Child Left Behind program, we’d like to encourage the Committee to consider the following testimony when determining the merits of each bill submitted. No Child Left Behind was another federal program that attempted to improve public education through a top -down […]

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Legislative Oversight of BOE Rules: HB 1360 (2012)

January 16, 2012

Cornerstone supports HB 1360 which requires the approval from elected Representatives and Senators on rules proposed by the Board of Education. Many School Board members have become frustrated at the amount of local control that is eroded when rules are imposed on their local school districts. Parents will question and even challenge some of the proposals […]

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HB 329 relative to parental notification for minors’ abortion procedures

March 14, 2011

TO: Members of the House Judiciary Committee FROM: Ellen Kolb, Legislative Affairs Director, Cornerstone Action; cell # 321-2703 RE: HB 329, relative to parental notification for minors’ abortion procedures DATE: 2/18/11 Cornerstone Action is a non-partisan, non-profit public policy organization of 6,000 New Hampshire residents. We support HB 329, granting parents a qualified right to […]

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Our letter to Congressman Frank Guinta on his vote to defund PP

March 7, 2011

Dear Congressman Guinta, On behalf of Cornerstone Action’s 6,000 members throughout New Hampshire, we thank you for your recent vote to support the Pence Amendment to the Continuing Resolution (H.R. 1). Standing up to Planned Parenthood is an act of courage and we commend you for it. The paid attacks on you that followed your […]

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Cornerstone Urges Legislators to Reject Assisted Suicide, HB 513 (2011)

February 28, 2011

Cornerstone Action is a non-partisan, non-profit public policy organization of 6,000 New Hampshire residents. We oppose HB 513 just as we opposed a similar bill in 2009. This is poor public policy, whether it’s called “death with dignity” (in 2009’s HB 304), “aid in dying” (HB 513), or what we believe is the more apt […]

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HB 217-FN: Protecting the life of an unborn child

February 20, 2011

Cornerstone Action represents approximately 6000 members in New Hampshire. On their behalf, I am here today to support HB 217-FN and to express my thanks to the bill’s sponsors. New Hampshire is overdue for a law that treats as homicide the killing of an unborn child against the mother’s wishes. In the course of your […]

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HB 340: Affirming School Choice

February 20, 2011

Good morning, my name is Ann Marie Banfield, I am the Education Liaison and I am here representing Cornerstone Action.  Cornerstone Actions represents roughly 6,000 NH residents. I am here in full support of HB 340. It is crucial that New Hampshire start the process of school choice.  At Cornerstone we look at ways to […]

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HB164: Common Core Standards Not Good for NH

January 31, 2011

Good Morning. My name is Ann Marie Banfield and I am here representing Cornerstone Action. Cornerstone Action represents approximately 6,000 New Hampshire residents. I am here in support of HB 164 in addition I would like to address the Common Core Standards and why I do not believe their adoption is a good decision for […]

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HB 89: Requiring AG to sign onto pending federal lawsuit against ObamaCare

January 31, 2011

Concord, NH – Today, the House committee on State and Federal Relations held a public hearing on HB89, which would require the state’s Attorney General to sign onto the pending federal lawsuit again the congressionally passed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Testifying in support of the bill was Cornerstone Action Executive Director, Kevin Smith: […]

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Respect the Choice Not to Fund Abortion Providers: HB 486 (2009)

February 4, 2009

Cornerstone Policy Research supports House Bill 486. We commend Rep. Nancy Elliott and the bill’s co-sponsors for respecting the consciences of their neighbors and fellow citizens, to whom abortions are deplorable, and choose not to fund them either privately or through taxation. The fiscal note prepared for the bill correctly states that pursuant to current […]

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