HOW TO TAKE ACTION

LEGISLATIVE SESSION 2021

Each year Cornerstone Action, identifies relevant legislation impacting the people of New Hampshire, faithful to our commitment to support religious freedom, protect families, and cherish life. Below are the bills we have identified to track or watch for further developments. 

Your voice does make a difference!
We urge you to get informed and contact your elected officials to let them know where you stand on important legislative questions in New Hampshire. 
Our Legislative Update emails will continue to notify you of the bills coming up each week

Beginning this year, this page will be your go-to for specific action steps you can take on each bill, including how contact legislators, sign into hearings and live-stream committee votes. Please bookmark it! 

KEY CHANGES THIS YEAR

Due to COVID restrictions, new online procedures have been implemented  for members of the public who wish to testify to New Hampshire legislators on bills in the 2021 session.

While in-person testimony is not possible at this time, you will still be able to register your opinion remotely. 

It is imperative that concerned folks like you continue to contact committee members and “show up.” 

Signing in for hearings on these bills is essential to be counted and to have the opportunity to speak. More about the process here.

Click on a bill for detailed instructions on how you can act.

LIFE

We support public policy that affirms the value of human life.

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About

BILL TEXT
 HB625

Relative to the protection of fetal life

CORNERSTONE POSITION
 SUPPORT 

TALKING POINTS
HB 625 would protect unborn lives at the 24-week gestational age. It requires that a physician determine a child’s gestational age, and protects the child from an abortion at or after 24 weeks. The bill imposes a Class B Felony penalty for health care providers who violate it knowingly or intentionally.
READ MORE…

Update

Great News! The House voted on Feb 24 to overturn the committee recommendation of “Inexpedient to Legislate” and instead voted “Ought to Pass”! 

The bill is now being referred to the NH Senate where it will be heard in committee before heading for a floor vote.

This is only the first hurdle to clear in a long legislative process. Our preborn, who can’t speak for themselves, need your voice and your prayers now more than ever.

Stay Tuned For Next Step

Once this bill is scheduled for the Senate then it will be time to act. 

If passed by the Senate and signed by the Governor, HB 625-FN will finally put common-sense measures in place in our state by protecting preborn children after 24 weeks with an exception for the mother’s physical health. 

Watch our Legislative Update Emails for Updates!

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About

BILL TEXT
 HB430

Repealing the prohibition on entering or remaining on a public way or sidewalk adjacent to a reproductive health care facility

CORNERSTONE POSITION
 SUPPORT 

TALKING POINTS
HB 430, The Sidewalk Free Speech Act, will repeal the current prohibition on gathering in a public area that is near a reproductive health care facility. HB 430 argues that the 2014 restrictions currently in NH law (RSA 132:37-40) have never been actively enforced, serve no public purpose, and most likely would be found unconstitutional if enforcement was attempted. 
READ MORE…

Update

The Committee voted 11-10 against HB 430, it will now go to the House for a vote.

Next Step: Contact Your House Representative

HB 430 will move to a full House floor vote next week, which means that all state representatives, including yours, need to hear from you before they vote on these bills next Wednesday or Thursday!

In order for your request to have more impact, please email your representative with HB 430 in the subject line and ask them to support the passing of HB 430! 

 Remember to put your last name at the bottom of your email, as well as the town you reside in. Finally, remember to be charitable! Representatives are more likely to listen to reasoned arguments.  

Watch our Legislative Update Emails for Vote Updates!

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About

BILL TEXT
 HB434

Prohibiting the use of public funds for abortions.

CORNERSTONE POSITION
 SUPPORT 

TALKING POINTS
HB 434 will simply align state law with what has been repeatedly affirmed in the NH State Budget, that abortion services in the state are not to be funded with our tax dollars. The bill makes an exception when the life of the mother is at stake.
READ MORE…

Update

The Judiciary Committee voted 11-10 against HB 434. It will now go to the House for a vote.

Next Step: Contact Your House Representative

HB 434 will move to a full House floor vote next week, which means that all state representatives, including yours, need to hear from you before they vote on these bills next Wednesday or Thursday!

In order for your request to have more impact, please email your representative with HB 434 in the subject line and ask them to support the passing of HB 434! 

 Remember to put your last name at the bottom of your email, as well as the town you reside in. Finally, remember to be charitable! Representatives are more likely to listen to reasoned arguments.  

Watch our Legislative Update Emails for Vote Updates!

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

For the benefit of New Hampshire, we support and defend religious freedom.

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About

BILL TEXT
 HB440

Relative to the protection of religious liberty.

CORNERSTONE POSITION
 SUPPORT 

TALKING POINTS

HB 440 was introduced by Rep. Jim Kofalt to codify general protections for religious liberty in state law. However, after Rep. Kofalt introduced the bill, the New Hampshire Supreme Court held in its Mack decision that the New Hampshire Constitution now requires exactly the same protections.

 

Accordingly, Rep. Kofalt is seeking to amend 440 to replace it with the Civil Liberties Defense Act. This bill will protect all civil liberties from being “suspended” during a state of emergency—something Governor Sununu’s attorneys have claimed the power to do. Read more about the issue of civil liberties “suspension” here.

It is likely that people who oppose religious liberty will “sign in” in opposition to 440. Accordingly, by “signing in” in support, you can express your support for both religious liberty and civil liberties in general.

READ MORE…

Step One : Email Committee

As always, Legislators need to hear from you! Email the committee why you support this bill. See all members of the House Judiciary here. 

Step Two : Sign in

VERY IMPORTANT THIS YEAR!

Once the hearing is scheduled you are able to sign in. Follow instructions below.

NOTE : The sign in list will be compiled for all bills being heard by the committee on a given day 30 minutes prior to the start of the first hearing. If you sign up after that time, the Chair will not have your name before them. 

Instructions for sign in:  Under the drop down menu . . .

SELECT DATE: Friday, February 26

COMMITTEE:  Judiciary

BILL: HB440

POSITION: Cornerstone urges SUPPORT (see why to the left) 

Step Three : Virtually Attend Hearing

At this time, we are not asking for testimony from the general public on 440, as the bill is focused on legal issues.

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About

BILL TEXT
 HB542

Relative to the applicability of a state of emergency declaration to a house of worship.

CORNERSTONE POSITION
 SUPPORT 

TALKING POINTS
In recent months we’ve seen around the country instances of governors using emergency powers to target the ability of churches to freely assemble. If passed, HB 542 would protect churches in New Hampshire from such abuses by essentially categorizing houses of worship as essential services during states of emergency.

Step One : Email Committee

As always, Legislators need to hear from you! Email the committee why you support this bill. See all members of the House Judiciary here. 

Step Two : Sign in

VERY IMPORTANT THIS YEAR!

Once the hearing is scheduled you are able to sign in. Follow instructions below.

NOTE : The sign in list will be compiled for all bills being heard by the committee on a given day 30 minutes prior to the start of the first hearing. If you sign up after that time, the Chair will not have your name before them. 

Instructions for sign in:  Under the drop down menu . . .

SELECT DATE: MARCH 5 10:00AM

COMMITTEE:  Judiciary

BILL: HB542

POSITION: Cornerstone urges SUPPORT (see why to the left) 

Step Three : Virtually Attend Hearing

GENDER

For the benefit of New Hampshire, we recognize the dignity of each human being, created male or female. We defend the belief that there are two genders and oppose measures that would label that belief “discriminatory.”

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About

BILL TEXT
 HB295

Relative to initiating amendments and corrections to birth records

CORNERSTONE POSITION
OPPOSE

TALKING POINTS
Allowing individuals to alter their vital records, including birth certificates, based upon subjective feelings or experiences undermines the government’s interest in having accurate vital records. The purpose of vital records is not to affirm a person’s inner feelings or beliefs regarding their age, sex, or location of birth. As numerous courts have recognized, the purpose of vital records is to maintain an accurate database of factual information regarding births, deaths, and other vital events in a given jurisdiction. READ MORE 

Step One : Email Committee

As always, Legislators need to hear from you! Email the committee why you support this bill. See all members of the House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs here. 

Step Two : Sign in

VERY IMPORTANT THIS YEAR!

Once the hearing is scheduled you are able to sign in. Follow instructions below.

NOTE : The sign in list will be compiled for all bills being heard by the committee on a given day 30 minutes prior to the start of the first hearing. If you sign up after that time, the Chair will not have your name before them. 

Instructions for sign in:  Under the drop down menu . . .

SELECT DATE: Tuesday, March 2

COMMITTEE: House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs

BILL: HB295

POSITION: Cornerstone urges you OPPOSE (see why to the left) 

Step Three : Virtually Attend Hearing

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About

BILL TEXT
 HB136

Requiring schools to update documents and software to include the option of identifying a student as non-binary

CORNERSTONE POSITION
OPPOSE

TALKING POINTS
Coming Soon! 

Step One : Email Committee

As always, Legislators need to hear from you! Email the committee why you support this bill. See all members of the House Education Committee here. 

Step Two : Sign in

VERY IMPORTANT THIS YEAR!

Once the hearing is scheduled you are able to sign in. Follow instructions below.

NOTE : The sign in list will be compiled for all bills being heard by the committee on a given day 30 minutes prior to the start of the first hearing. If you sign up after that time, the Chair will not have your name before them. 

Instructions for sign in:  Under the drop down menu . . .

SELECT DATE: TBA

COMMITTEE: House Education 

BILL: HB136

POSITION: Cornerstone urges you OPPOSE (see why to the left) 

Step Three : Virtually Attend Hearing

EDUCATION

For the benefit of children in New Hampshire, we support educational choice and student privacy.

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About

BILL TEXT
SB 130 -FN

Relative to education freedom accounts.

CORNERSTONE POSITION
SUPPORT

TALKING POINTS

SB 130-FN is the Senate equivalent of HB 20, establishing the Richard “Dick” Hinch Education Freedom Account program. HB 20 was retained by the House Education Committee. Education freedom accounts provide a child’s state education funding directly to parents via an education grant. These family-directed education grant accounts can be used to pay for courses, devices, tuition, classes, connectivity, tutoring and other forms of learning. With an education freedom account, a family will have more flexibility in finding the right course of study for their child. READ MORE…

Step One : Email Committee

As always, Legislators need to hear from you! Email the committee why you support this bill. See all members of the Senate Education Committee here. 

Step Two : Sign in

VERY IMPORTANT THIS YEAR!

Once the hearing is scheduled you are able to sign in. Follow instructions below.

NOTE : The sign in list will be compiled for all bills being heard by the committee on a given day 30 minutes prior to the start of the first hearing. If you sign up after that time, the Chair will not have your name before them. 

Instructions for sign in:  Under the drop down menu . . .

SELECT DATE: TUESDAY MARCH 2ND 

COMMITTEE:  SENATE EDUCATION

BILL: SB 130

POSITION: Cornerstone urges SUPPORT (see why to the left) 

Step Three : Virtually Attend Hearing

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About

BILL TEXT
 HB20 FN-A-L

Relative to establishing the Richard “Dick” Hinch education freedom account program.

CORNERSTONE POSITION
 SUPPORT 

TALKING POINTS
Education Freedom Accounts provide a child’s state education funding directly to parents, via an education grant. These family-directed education grant accounts pay for courses, devices, tuition, classes, connectivity, tutoring and other forms of learning. READ MORE…

Update

On Thursday, February 18, the House Education Committee voted to retain HB 20, establishing the Richard “Dick” Hinch education freedom account program. The decision was based on several factors, including an error in the amendment to the bill. 

However, a Senate bill, SB 130, which is a duplicate of HB 20 is scheduled for a public hearing on Tuesday, March 2. To sign in in support of this bill see bill listing on this page. 

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HUMAN TRAFFICKING

For the benefit of society and strengthening of human dignity, we work to put an end to human trafficking and pornography.

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About

BILL TEXT
HB 180

increasing the penalty for buyers under the law regarding trafficking in persons.

CORNERSTONE POSITION
 SUPPORT 

TALKING POINTS
Coming soon
READ MORE…

Update

The House committee voted 20-0 “Ought to Pass with Amendment”: The Amendment exempts buyers under age 20 who would presumably be treated by prosecutors with regard for their tender years.

Next Step

HB 180 will move to a full House floor soon. Contact your Representative to urge them to support the commmittee vote! 

 Remember to put your last name at the bottom of your email, as well as the town you reside in. Finally, remember to be charitable! Representatives are more likely to listen to reasoned arguments.  

 

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BILL TEXT
HB 576

relative to victims compensation fund eligibility.

CORNERSTONE POSITION
 SUPPORT 

TALKING POINTS
Coming soon
READ MORE…

Step One : Email Committee

As always, Legislators need to hear from you! Email the committee why you support this bill. See all members of the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety

EMAIL: HouseCriminalJusticeandPublicSafety@leg.state.nh.us

Step Two : Sign in

VERY IMPORTANT THIS YEAR!

Once the hearing is scheduled you are able to sign in. Follow instructions below.

NOTE : The sign in list will be compiled for all bills being heard by the committee on a given day 30 minutes prior to the start of the first hearing. If you sign up after that time, the Chair will not have your name before them. 

Instructions for sign in:  Under the drop down menu . . .

SELECT DATE: TBA

COMMITTEE: House Criminal Justice and Public Safety

BILL: HB 576

POSITION: Cornerstone urges SUPPORT (see why to the left) 

Step Three : Virtually Attend Hearing

MARIJUANA

For the benefit of society and strengthening of families we oppose the legalization of recreational marijuana.