Legislative Update: Full House Session This Week

Full House Session February 27-28:
Act Now On Two Important Bills!

Find your representatives and their contact information here!

BILL: HB 289, Repeal of Law About Recitation of the Lord’s Prayer in Public Schools

WHEN: The vote could occur on either day of the House session, Wednesday, February 27 or Thursday, February 28.

CORNERSTONE POSITION: OPPOSED to the bill, and therefore in favor of the “inexpedient to legislate” recommendation from the committee. Read more about the bill here.

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Contact your state representatives before Wednesday and ask them to vote “inexpedient to legislate” on HB 289.

BILL: HB 481, Legalizing and Regulating Recreational Cannabis (Marijuana)

WHEN: The bill is likely to be voted on by the full House on Wednesday, February 27.

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. 

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Contact your state representatives before Wednesday and ask them to vote “inexpedient to legislate” on HB 481.

House Committee Action Next Week

BILL: HB 608 Expanding the Law Against Discrimination Based on Gender Identity 

WHEN: The House Judiciary Committee will meet to make its recommendation on Tuesday, February 26, at 2:00 p.m. in the Legislative Office Building, Rm 208.

CORNERSTONE POSITION: OPPOSED. What seems like a harmless housekeeping bill is a lot more insidious. Read our written testimony here.

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Send a brief and courteous email to the committee urging members to vote “inexpedient to legislate” on HB 608.

Note: The State Senate is taking a break next week, and will resume business the week of March 4. 

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 158 Abortion Statistics

STATUS: The House has not yet scheduled a vote on HB 158.

CORNERSTONE POSITION: SUPPORT

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Watch Cornerstone’s updates! Once a vote is scheduled, you’ll want to contact your state representatives and ask them to vote “ought to pass.” (For more info click here.)

BILL: HB 383, Relative to Gender “Discrimination” in Public and Private Schools

STATUS: The House has not yet scheduled a vote on HB 383.

CORNERSTONE POSITION: OPPOSED. Read more about the billhere.

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Watch Cornerstone’s updates for further information on the bill’s schedule.

SB 310, Relative to Casino Gambling

WHEN: The New Hampshire Senate will vote on SB 310-FN-A-L on Thursday, March 7. The committee recommendation is “inexpedient to legislate.”

CORNERSTONE POSITION: OPPOSED to the bill, and therefore in favor of the “inexpedient to legislate” recommendation from the committee.

WHY: Casinos and video slot machines foster gambling addictions, breed crime, and usually have a net negative economic effect on their communities.

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Contact your Senator to vote “inexpedient to legislate”. Cornerstone will provide more information in next week’s update.

BILL: HB 632-FN Education Tax Credit Repeal

WHEN: Hearing Tuesday, March 5, 1:00 pm; Legislative Office Building, Room 202 (this is a continued hearing due to the overwhelming public presence at the first hearing).

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: Plan to attend the March 5 hearing! The Ways and Means Committee needs to see strong support for education choice measures like the education tax credit program.

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