Legislative Update: Educational Tax Credit, Gender on Driver’s License

For the week of March 18th – March 23rd

Three Day House Session, Tues/Wed/Thurs March 19-21

BILL: HB 632-FN Education Tax Credit Repeal

CORNERSTONE POSITION: OPPOSED. The bill would gut this important program that has made school choice a practical option for many New Hampshire families. Legislators need to hear from parents and students alike!

WHAT YOU CAN DO:  Contact your representatives urging them to vote “inexpedient to legislate”. 

BILL: HB 669, Relative to Gender Identity Information Included on Drivers’ Licenses and Non-Drivers’ ID cards

CORNERSTONE POSITION: OPPOSED to this bill which would add “X” (“nonbinary”) as an option to M for male or F for female on drivers’ licenses. We can show tolerance and respect for those who identify as a different gender while still maintaining factual data that helps our government identify and solve health and safety threats.

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Contact your representatives  and tell them to vote “inexpedient to legislate”. 

Work Session this Week
Committee meets to discuss bill; public hearing has already taken place

BILL: HB 481, Legalizing and Regulating Recreational Marijuana

WHEN:  House Ways and Means will continue to work on HB 481 Monday, March 18, 1:00pm; LOB Rm 202 (NOTE: Because this bill has a huge financial cost connected to it, and will impact our state budget, it must be approved by the House Ways and Means Commitee) 

CORNERSTONE POSITION: OPPOSED. Enabling widespread use of recreational marijuana brings social, economic, and health costs that far outweigh any benefit the state might derive from taxing the drug. Read more here.  How did your state representatives vote on this bill? The roll call is here, with NAY votes being the ones in support of Cornerstone’s position. 

WHAT YOU CAN DO: The Ways and Means Committee needs to hear a strong message that HB 481 is wrong for New Hampshire. EMAIL HouseWaysAndMeansCommittee@leg.state.nh.us 

WATCH Director of Strategic Alliances, Neil Hubacker, break down the dangers of legalized recreational marijuana. 

Update on Recent Legislative Action

Bills we have been following, that are now on to the next steps. Your voice still needed and still matters! 

BILL: HB 446 Relative to Initiating Amendments and Corrections to Birth Records

STATUS: House session voted last week 224-125 “ought to pass” 

CORNERSTONE POSITION: OPPOSED  Maintaining accurate birth records is not discriminatory, but many voted against it as if it were. HB 446 does not change the government’s need for accurate information. We can show tolerance and respect for those who identify as a different gender while still maintaining factual data that helps our government identify and solve health and safety threats.

WHAT YOU CAN DO: The bill now goes to the Senate. Watch our updates for further action. 

BILL: HB 291 Establishing a Committee to Study Certain Findings and other Initiatives Regarding End-of-Life Care. 

STATUS: House vote “Ought to Pass”. NOTE: Before the final vote, the House rejected, on a 146-208 vote, an amendment by Rep. Barbara Griffin (R-Goffstown) that would have ensured that assisted suicide would not be part of the study. 

CORNERSTONE POSITION:  OPPOSED. Cornerstone would have supported HB 291 WITH AFOREMENTIONED AMENDMENT, which would ensure that a study of palliative and hospice care would not provide cover for physician-assisted suicide. HB 291 is now a dangerous bill that Cornerstone must oppose as it goes to the Senate. 

WHAT YOU CAN DO: The bill now goes to the Senate. Watch our updates for further action.