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HB 446: Senate to Vote on “Neither Male nor Female” Option on Birth Certificates

The New Hampshire Senate is expected to vote on May 15, 2019 on HB 446, relative to initiating amendments and corrections to birth records. The bill would allow a vital record, namely a birth certificate, to be changed to reflect a person’s adopted “gender identity,” whether male, female, or “neither male nor female.” A Senate committee has proposed an amendment the House version of …

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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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Resurrection Power

Ephesians 1:18-21 (NIV). 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised …

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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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Protect Parents’ Rights, Student Privacy (SB 196, 2019)

Testimony submitted to Senate Education and Workforce Development Committee by Ann Marie Banfield, Cornerstone Action Education Liaison. On behalf of Cornerstone Action, representing thousands of New Hampshire residents. I offer this testimony in opposition to SB 196.  The bill seeks to change the requirements for school district policies governing the administration of non-academic surveys or questionnaires by removing informed written consent by parents or …

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Another Opportunity for Abortion Statistics (HB 158-FN, 2019)

Cornerstone Action supports HB 158-FN, relative to induced termination of pregnancy statistics. We have supported similar bills since 2004. We saw the commendable and painstaking bipartisan work in 2015 and 2016 that went into a statistics bill which unfortunately did not pass. It demonstrated nonetheless that bipartisan cooperation on this public health measure is possible. We support the collection of abortion statistics, in aggregated …

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