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Legislative Update: Senate Votes on Four Critical Bills

HB 625, the Fetal Life Protection Act STATUS: The Senate voted Thursday to Table HB 625. However, the language of the bill prohibiting abortion after 24 weeks has been added to the state budget. Cornerstone is still advocating for changes to HB 625 based on the amendments originally sponsored by Senator Birdsell. These amendments are crucial to further strengthen the bill against potential legal challenges.  WHAT …

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One Step Forward, Three Steps Back

The Senate Judiciary Committee met in an executive session today and considered four Cornerstone-supported bills. The following is our analysis on the status of the bills. See the conclusion of this post for an urgent call to action.

Understanding the Case for HB 542 and Why NH Needs It

HB 542, Rep. Keith Ammon’s Religious Liberty Act, is under assault. It is difficult for followers of the bill to determine the truth in the fog created by numerous distortions and outright falsehoods. Here is the simple truth.

Last Chance to Contact Senate Judiciary Committee on Civil Liberties and Religious Liberty!

HB 542, The Religious Liberty Act CORNERSTONE POSITION: Cornerstone SUPPORTS HB 542. If passed, this bill would protect houses of worship in New Hampshire from abuses such as we have seen enacted against churches in other states by essentially categorizing them as essential services during states of emergency.The bill would also codify  the general religious liberty protections that are already state constitutional law in New …

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Legislative Update: Life and Liberty Bills Await Vote

HB 542, The Religious Liberty Act STATUS: Last Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a public hearing on HB 542. The bill is now awaiting a vote by the committee. CORNERSTONE POSITION: Cornerstone SUPPORTS HB 542. If passed, this bill would protect houses of worship in New Hampshire from abuses such as we have seen enacted against churches in other states by essentially categorizing them as …

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HB 542, Religious Liberty Act –Written Testimony

The following Cornerstone written testimony was delivered to the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, May 11, 2021 This bill has two purposes. First, the bill will protect churches from being treated worse than other essential services in states of emergency. For example, the bill would prohibit churches from being totally closed by the government when services such as grocery stores and hospitals are still operating. …

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Legislative Update, May 10th

HB 440-A, The Civil Liberties Defense Act WHEN: HB 440 will be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, May 11, at 2:00 P.M. CORNERSTONE POSITION: Cornerstone SUPPORTS this bill. For more information on HB 440-A, visit the links below: Watch Rep. Matt Simon’s powerful warning that HB 440-A is necessary to stop our civil liberties from being ‘suspended’ in a state of emergency. …

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Religious Liberty Act (HB 542)

Written Testimony for HB 542 as Amended, the Religious Liberty Act submitted to the NH House Judiciary Committee by Ian Huyett, Esq. on behalf of Cornerstone Action March 5, 2021 Cornerstone supports HB 542 as amended. Please note that, in addition to codifying the general Mack protections that were contained in the original HB 440, the amendment removes bill language that referred to “temporary …

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