Written Testimony

Another Casino Bill: Still a Bad Idea (SB 242, 2017)

April 13, 2017

For years, Cornerstone has consistently opposed the expansion of legalized gambling in New Hampshire for both moral and pragmatic reasons. We believe the net societal effect of government’s embrace of gambling has been disastrous. We have expressed these concerns to this committee in past legislative sessions, but they bear repeating. Legalized gambling is driven by […]

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Testimony on Fetal Homicide, SB 66 (2017)

March 22, 2017

Testimony delivered by Shannon McGinley for Cornerstone Action. Cornerstone Policy Research and its public policy arm, Cornerstone Action, represent New Hampshire residents supporting public policy that strengthens New Hampshire families. Cornerstone continues to support fetal homicide legislation. We consider SB 66 an encouraging start toward a fetal homicide law. New Hampshire is one of very […]

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Testimony on Conversion Therapy Ban, SB 224 (2017)

March 21, 2017

Testimony delivered by Shannon McGinley for Cornerstone Action.  Please vote to ITL on SB 224. This bill would prohibit licensed counselors from counseling minors regarding unwanted same-sex attraction. Sexual attractions, especially during adolescence, are fluid and subject to change therefore, I feel it is premature to even use the term “orientation” or “conversion therapy” when […]

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Bathroom Bill (HB 487, 2017)

February 21, 2017

Submitted to House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee by Shannon McGinley, February 21, 2017. Please vote Inexpedient to Legislate on HB 478, which has been introduced as an anti-discrimination measure. Let me begin by saying that every human being has inherent dignity and deserves to be valued and respected. The motivation of this […]

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HB 587, Conversion Therapy Ban (2017)

February 19, 2017

Submitted to House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee by Shannon McGinley, February 16, 2017. Please vote “inexpedient to legislate” on HB 587, relative to conversion therapy seeking to change a person’s sexual orientation. Sexual orientation, especially in adolescence, is fluid and subject to change. I have five sons including two teenagers, and we are […]

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Fetal Homicide (HB 156, 2017)

February 15, 2017

Cornerstone has actively supported fetal homicide legislation in the past, seeing it as an appropriate way to recognize the loss of life sustained by women whose wanted preborn children are killed by the bad action of a third party. This session, we ask you to recommend Ought to Pass on HB 156. This legislation would […]

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Non-Academic Surveys (SB 43, 2017)

February 15, 2017

Senate Bill 43 provides that no student shall be required to volunteer or submit to a non-academic survey or questionnaire without written consent of a parent or legal guardian. The bill also creates an exception to this requirement for the youth risk behavior survey developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cornerstone supports […]

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Abortion Statistics (HB 471, 2017)

February 14, 2017

Cornerstone Policy Research has supported abortion statistics bills going back to 2004. A representative of Cornerstone Action sat in on study committee hearings on the last two statistics bills considered by the House. We saw firsthand the commendable and painstaking bipartisan work in 2015 and 2016 that went into the last statistics bill, HB 629, […]

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Buffer Zone Repeal (HB 589, 2017)

February 14, 2017

Among Cornerstone’s goals is the protection of human life from the time of conception to the end of natural life. Along with that goes our interest in recognition of the constitutional First Amendment rights of people peacefully advocating for protection of human life. To that end, we ask you today to support HB 589, repealing […]

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Prohibit Implementation of Common Core (HB 207, 2017)

February 13, 2017

Testimony by Ann Marie Banfield, Cornerstone’s Education Liaison My focus is on parental rights, academic excellence and literacy. I come here in support of HB 207 but with changes to the proposed language. This bill modifies RSA 193-E (Adequate Public Education), however I believe the reference to RSA 193-C (State Ed Improvement and Assessment Program) […]

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Student Assessments (HB 166, 2017)

February 13, 2017

By Ann Marie Banfield, Cornerstone’s Education Liaison Cornerstone opposes HB166. While I like the intentions of HB166, it does not go far enough. There is no reference to the validity of the local assessments that would replace the statewide assessment and there are no ethical boundaries that we desperately need to govern the psychometric testing. […]

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Protecting Viable Children from Abortion (HB 578, 2017)

February 13, 2017

Cornerstone supports House Bill 578 to prevent induced abortions of viable preborn children. To tolerate the killing of such human beings, not as the unintended outcome of efforts to protect a woman but as a direct intentional action in itself, is simply uncivilized. The last time the House considered similar legislation, the minority report on […]

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HB 103, School District Policy on Objectionable Course Material (2017)

January 11, 2017

Testimony delivered by Ann Marie Banfield, Education Liaison for Cornerstone Action. I am a volunteer for Cornerstone where I focus on academic excellence, literacy and parental rights. I come here today in support of HB 103.  HB 103 is a parental rights bill that supports local control in education.  What is more supportive of local […]

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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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Casinos: Wrong for New Hampshire

February 6, 2012

Testimony provided to House Ways and Means by J. Scott Moody, Vice President of Policy for Cornerstone Policy Research. Cornerstone opposes the expansion of legalized gambling in New Hampshire for both moral and pragmatic reasons. We believe the net societal effect of government’s embrace of gambling has been disastrous. Legalized gambling is driven by and […]

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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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