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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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Casino Gambling Hurts NH Families (SB 310)

Written Testimony delivered by Christopher Jay, attorney with Cornerstone Action Would approving casinos in New Hampshire generate revenue for the state? Could we use that revenue for good causes, like education? Before we even get to those questions, we should be asking the more obvious question: “Does establishing casino gambling harm people, especially families?” This is different than small-scale personal gambling. This is approving …

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Gambling with Our People

The following Cornerstone Op-Ed was printed in Granite Grok April 14th, 2019 and the NH Journal April 14th, 2019 and the Concord Monitor April 17th, 2019.  The New Hampshire legislature is contemplating HB 480 which would legalize sports betting in the Granite State. Why shouldn’t we just legalize and regulate expanded gambling? After all, New Hampshire has had a lottery for years, generating revenue …

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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. …

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Victories and Challenges Mark 2017 Legislative Session in Concord

Cornerstone supporters were instrumental in building support for several important legislative measures that Governor Sununu has signed into law. Education policy was a particular bright spot in the 2017 legislative session. School districts now have greater flexibility in finding alternatives for students in grades not provided by the local district (SB 8). Pupil privacy and parental rights were affirmed by passage of SB 43, …

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On the Defeat of Casino Bill, SB 242 (2017)

The New Hampshire House has killed 2017’s version of a casino bill, voting “inexpedient to legislate” by an overwhelming 275-82 margin. Shannon McGinley, Cornerstone Action’s executive director, said following the vote, “The House has done the right thing by keeping New Hampshire free from casinos and slots parlors. This is a victory for New Hampshire families. Cornerstone’s supporters are proud to join forces with …

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Another Casino Bill: Still a Bad Idea (SB 242, 2017)

For years, Cornerstone has consistently opposed the expansion of legalized gambling in New Hampshire for both moral and pragmatic reasons. We believe the net societal effect of government’s embrace of gambling has been disastrous. We have expressed these concerns to this committee in past legislative sessions, but they bear repeating. Legalized gambling is driven by and subsists on greed: For this reason, the activity …

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Casinos: Wrong for New Hampshire

Testimony provided to House Ways and Means by J. Scott Moody, Vice President of Policy for Cornerstone Policy Research. Cornerstone opposes the expansion of legalized gambling in New Hampshire for both moral and pragmatic reasons. We believe the net societal effect of government’s embrace of gambling has been disastrous. Legalized gambling is driven by and subsists on greed: For this reason, the activity is …

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