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House Republican Alliance - Letter Sent to Speaker of the House Terie Norelli

Attached is a press release sent to Speaker of the House Terie Norelli today
from the House Republican Alliance.



NH Senate Shocker: We don't need no stinkin' rules! 

In a dramatic turn of events today, Senate President Sylvia Larsen (D-Concord) violated Senate Rule 28, replacing the only Republican on the Committee of Conference for HB 73, the Lynch Amendment, with a Democrat.

Senator Houde (D) replaced Senator Roberge (R) so that negotiations would cease and the required unanimous vote of the Committee of Conference (Senate Rule 19) would be achieved.

Read a detailed description, the committee report, and blog links at the Marriage Tracking Page:


CPR Action - Reacts to Comm. of Conference Report on HB73 

Says it is unfortunate Senator Roberge was removed from the Committee


Concord – Today, CPR-Action Executive Director, Kevin Smith,made the following statement regarding the conference committee reporton HB73, and the removal of Senator Roberge from the committee:


"It is quite obvious from today's committee of conferenceon HB73, that the Legislature is looking to ram this bill through the process at any cost. The changes made to the Senate version of HB73 offer more religious window dressing at best - there were virtually no changesmade to the language the House voted down. Additionally, Senator Roberge offered very 'real' amendments allowing for boththe "freedom of religious conscience" and a non-binding referendum on the issue. It is not only a shame that the rest of the committeewould not agreeto these reasonable changes, but it is even more unfortunate that Senator Roberge had to thenbe removed from the committee in order for them to get the results they wanted and continue the gay marriage charade."


CPR-Action - Launches new TV ad, "His Word"

Concord – Today, CPR-Action in conjunction with the National Organization for Marriage launched the new television ad, "His Word".


Commenting on the ad, CPR-Action Executive Director, Kevin Smith, stated, “From the very moment the Governor introduced thisamendment, we believed he did so as cover for having flipped his position on gay marriage. Muchlike the "religious amendment"madeto HB 436 in the Senate,the Governor and Legislature are playing politcs by crafting sham amendments as excuses to vote for gay marriage andpretending to placatethe religious community at the same time. If they were truly concerned about thecitizens' religious beliefs,they would have included language that coversthe conscience of private individuals and business owners who oppose gay marriage because of such."


Smith added, "The bottom line here is the Governor needs to stop playing politics withgay marriage. He said he would veto it if his language did not pass, which it didn't. It is timefor the Governor tofinally keep his word, vetothis legislation, and get on with the real work of the state."



The newad begins airingThursday, 5/28,on cable and network affiliate,WMUR,in New Hampshire, and willcontinue through Sunday, 5/31.


The following is the script for the ad, “His Word”

The ad can be accessed through the following website:




CPR-Action - Reacts to Senate Defeat of Non-binding Referendum on Gay Marriage 

Concord – Today, CPR-Action Executive Director, Kevin Smith, reacted to the Senate defeating a non-binding referendum on gay marriage, presented as an amendment by Senator Bragdon to HB513:


"It is very disappointing that the Senate would not even allow a non-binding referendum to go before the voters on such a contentious and divisive issue as gay marriage. A day after the voters in California had their say in the matter upheld by the courts there, and with the voters in Mainewaiting to exercise their "people's veto" on theissue later this year, it is incredibly undemocratic of the New Hampshire Senate to tell the voters of our state that they will not get their say on the matter, especially when so many are asking for the opportunity. If the supporters of gay marriage are so confident that thepeople in the state also supportit, why are they afraid to put the question before the voters?"


Smith added, "One thing is for sure, the voters will no doubt express their opinion on this matter at the ballot box next year when it's time to vote for candidates who havesupported and opposed gay marriage."



CPR-Action is the legislative advocacy arm of Cornerstone Policy Research.