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Clare Forrester

Gender Politics Go To School

SB 263, which is supposedly “relative to anti-discrimination protection for students in public schools,” has passed the New Hampshire House (roll call here)  upon the recommendation of the House Education Committee. Does opposing SB 263 mean Cornerstone favors discrimination? Never. What we see in SB 263 is a nice title on a bill that raises more questions than it answers. The bill would allow …

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Legislative Update April 15

Week of April 15th – April 19th STATE BUDGET The state budget debate now moves to the Senate. We are concerned for the budget’s effects on family issues including tax money for abortion providers and reliance on expanded gambling. Watch for updates on our Facebook page and blog.   BILL: SB 263 Relative to Anti-Discrimination for Students in Public Schools WHEN: The House Education Committee will vote on this bill …

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Ushering in Physician Assisted Suicide (HB 291)

The New Hampshire House in March voted 214-140 to pass HB 291, establishing a committee to study end-of-life care. Sponsors of the bill made clear when the bill was introduced that if passed, the study committee would consider assisted suicide as one type of “care.” Similar legislation has been before this body before and was vetoed twice by then-Governor Hassan. When the bill was …

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Save NH’s Education Tax Credit Program!

Right now, New Hampshire’s  Education Tax Credit scholarship program does a lot of good for the children of our state. But the program is facing multiple legislative attacks this year, the first of which is House Bill 632. BILL: HB 632 Repealing of the Education Tax Credit Scholarship Program WHEN:  Public Hearing Tuesday, February 5th, starting at 11:00am WHERE: Legislative Office Building, room 202, located at …

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Legislative Update- February 3rd

Legislative Update for week of February 4th- 9th During the Legislative Session, watch your inbox every Saturday for our Legislative Update for the upcoming week, including new bills introduced, updates to legislation in commitee and how you can act!   NEW BILLS THIS WEEK: HB632, HB481 UPDATE ON BILLS: HB201, HB383, HB289 HB189 BILL: HB 632-FN Education Tax Credit RepealWHEN: Public Hearing Tuesday, February 5 11:00 a.m; Legislative …

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Reaffirm Religious Liberty in NH Schools

Op-Ed by Cornerstone Attorney Christopher Jay Update: This op-ed published in the Union Leader, February 5th 2019 Prayer in public schools is a provocative issue: an unpredictable mix of principle, personal, and practical. This volatile conversation has arisen in the New Hampshire House of Representatives in the form of House Bill 289, which proposes to repeal the current state law that enables a district …

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House Votes to Kill Buffer Zone Repeal

The New Hampshire House voted on January 31 to kill an attempt to repeal the so-called buffer zone law. Cornerstone supported the bill, HB 124. The vote was 228-141 on an “inexpedient to legislate” motion. The roll call is here. Note that because the motion was “inexpedient to legislate,” a Yea vote was a bad vote. The buffer zone law is a blight on our …

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House Hearings on Changing Gender on Birth Certificates & Disallowing School Prayer

Second in Cornerstone’s 2019 series of State House updates! To see the first one click here.  Cornerstone is keeping you updated on public hearings on proposed legislation regarding issues that matter to you! Remember, at any of these hearings you may speak on a bill, or you may attend simply to sign a sheet indicating whether you support or oppose the bill. You can also …

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Pope Francis’s Remarks Decoded

First off, let me say that I am grateful for the amount of media coverage that Pope Francis’ remarks have received.  It is important that his message of love and compassion within the Catholic Church be communicated to everyone.  It is equally important to draw attention to the fact that the media has focused so much on just a small part of the Holy …

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Thank you Senator Ayotte for speaking up on unregulated online gaming

About two years ago, Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice (DOJ) handed down a ruling that overturned longstanding precedent to legalize online gaming.  For more than 50 years, the Wire Act was interpreted by Justice Departments in Republican and Democrat Administrations to prohibit gambling over wires, which came to include the internet.  Now, thanks to the DOJ’s unilateral decision to permit …

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