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2019 Legislative Session

Summer Update 2019

BILLS SIGNED, VETOED AND MADE INTO LAW  Mixed Results from Governor Sununuon 2019 Bills Governor Chris Sununu is leaving a mixed record as he deals with the bills passed by the New Hampshire General Court in 2019. His recent decisions include victories for parental rights and anti-trafficking efforts, but disappointments regarding gender policy and expanded gambling.  As you review the bills below, keep in mind …

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Legislative Update July 8th

SUMMER SCHEDULE FOR OUR E-UPDATESAs the legislative session ends for this year, Cornerstone will send legislative updates less frequently – but keep looking for them! We will watch the committee work that will continue this summer and fall, particularly the negotiations on a state budget. Count on Cornerstone for timely updates and calls to action Tell Governor Sununu it’s time to take out his veto pen!While …

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Legislative Update June 17

Week of June 17th – June 21st  Tell Governor Sununu it’s time to take out his veto pen! While these bills have not yet reached the Governor’s desk, the House and Senate have agreed on the language for each bill. The Governor is the last line of defense against ill-advised legislation. Urge him to veto the bills listed below! Another item of concern is the state budget. Read …

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Legislative Update June 3

Week of June 3rd – June 7th  House session June 5th -6th! Contact your state representatives about these important bills coming up.  BILL: SB 41 Relative to Historical Racing CORNERSTONE POSITION: OPPOSED This is a calculated business endeavor premised on extracting profits from addicted gamblers. This is neither a healthy nor ethical way to collect revenue for the state. Read our position here. Minority Report: “The minority …

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The Unintended Consequences of Gender Identity as a Protected Class (HB 608)

Based on Cornerstone testimony provided to Senate Judiciary 5/21/19. HB 608 is yet another bill arising out of New Hampshire’s ill-advised addition of “gender identity” – a fluid, self-defined, subjective phenomenon – as a protected class under anti-discrimination law. Such law had previously protected all New Hampshire residents based on objective criteria such as race and age. Now, HB 608 seeks to expand anti-discrimination …

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Legislative Update May 20

Week of May 20th – May 24th Next House Session Thursday, May 23 at 10:00 a.m. BILL: SB 196 Relative to Non-Academic Surveys Administered by a Public School to its Students STATUS: The Committee vote was “Ought to pass with amendment” (the amendment did not affect the substance of the bill). CORNERSTONE POSITION:  OPPOSED. SB 196 would roll back a 2017 law protecting student privacy and parental rights. Instead of giving …

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SB 41: A New Trojan Horse for Gambling

In recent years, New Hampshire communities have been crushed by watching their own family, friends, and neighbors fall victim to drug addiction.  Addiction devastates lives. New Hampshire knows this. And yet, at the nagging of corporate gambling interests standing to make a killing, the New Hampshire legislature seems unable to resist the temptation of profiting from just a little bit more addiction money. SB …

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Legislative Update April 29

Week of April 29th – May 3rd NOTE: the “Nope to Dope” rally scheduled for Sunday, April 28 at Hope Tabernacle in Manchester has been cancelled due to an emergency schedule change by Bishop Jethro James.   House Action This Week BILL: SB 263 Relative to Anti-Discrimination for Students in Public Schools WHEN: The House Education Committee will vote on SB 263 on Tuesday, April 30, at 10:00 a.m. …

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Legislative Update April 22

Week of April 22nd – April 26th  Senate Hearings This Week BILL: HB 383, Relative to Anti-Discrimination for Students in Public Schools WHEN: The Senate Education and Workforce Development Committee will have a public hearing on the bill on Tuesday, April 23, in room 103 of the Legislative Office Building. CORNERSTONE POSITION: OPPOSED. The problem is in the details: the bill is vague (what constitutes “discrimination”?), it …

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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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