Welcome

January 7th, 2015

Thank you for visiting my website. It is an honor to represent the people of the 24th legislative district in the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature.

You’ll find my contact information on the right side of this page, as well as a list of the bills I’ve introduced this session and the committees on which I serve. Please feel free to contact me and my staff about proposed legislation or any other issues you would like to address.

Sincerely,
Sen. Mark Kolterman

Press Release: January 23rd – Property Tax Relief is Needed

January 23rd, 2015

This week I had the distinct honor of escorting our Governor, Pete Ricketts, to his State of the State Address. Governor Ricketts highlighted many matters during his speech, but the key issue that he addressed was our high property taxes and how we can bring relief to the Nebraskans that bear this burden. Many of you expressed your concerns about this issue at the town halls that I held in Polk, Seward and York counties, and I continue to hear from Nebraskans across the state asking us to address the state’s high property taxes. I agree with many of you and I side with Governor Ricketts when he says that Nebraskans need immediate relief from these high taxes. This is why I support LB 364, a bill introduced by Senator Watermeier, and have cosigned LB 350, a bill introduced by Senator Brasch. LB 364 would add an additional $60 million to the budget each year to help relieve the burden of these high taxes, and LB 350 would lower the valuation of agricultural and horticultural land from 75 percent to 65 percent to help our state’s largest industry. I will continue to work with my colleagues and Governor Ricketts so we can accomplish our goal of property tax relief.

Just as I work with fellow Senators to move Nebraska forward, many of you work together in Polk, Seward and York counties to make these counties the great communities that they are. This is especially evident at the Blue Valley Community Action Partnership. As many of you know, a fire seriously damaged the Blue Valley pantry on January 17th. As a former board member of BVCA, I know the significance of this organization and the work it does for our communities. If you would like to help this important organization, please feel free to make a monetary or non-perishable food donation to the Blue Valley Community Action grounds on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00 A.M. to 4 P.M. You can also mail monetary donations to Blue Valley Community Action, 3401 North Lincoln Ave., York, NE 68467. If you are interested in a monetary donation, the York Community Foundation will match contributions up to $5,000 until March 1st.

As always, I am honored by the faith that you, the voters of District 24, have placed in me. My door is open and I have made it a goal to be accessible to the constituents of our district.  You may continue to follow me on Facebook at Kolterman For Legislature and on Twitter at @KoltermanforLegislature.  My office in the State Capitol is Room 1115, which I share with my colleague Senator Bob Hilkemann from Omaha.  Stop by anytime.  My e-mail address is mkolterman@leg.ne.gov and the office phone number is 402-471-2756.  Kenny Zoeller, my legislative aide, and Katie Quintero, my Administrative Aide, are always available to assist you with your needs.  If I am not immediately available, please do not hesitate to work them to address your concerns, thoughts, and needs.

Thank you,

Senator Mark Kolterman
District 24

 

Press Release: January 7th – Opening Day of the Legislature

January 15th, 2015

On Wednesday January 7th I was officially sworn in as a State Senator from the 24th Legislative District.  It was a tremendous day for my family and I.  I was joined by my extended family as I signed the official paperwork with the Secretary of State, and by my wife Suzanne, my mother Jean Kolterman, and my grandsons Elliott, Graham, and Patrick Mark Stevens as I went through the swearing-in on the legislative floor. Standing there taking the oath, I thought of the history of service in my family with my Dad, Don Kolterman, my Father-in-law Carl Geis.  My only wish is that they could have been there to share the experience with me, but I know they were with us in spirit.  Over the weekend we celebrated at the Inaugural ball with the rest of our family and Governor Pete Ricketts and other elected officials.

Following the swearing in and the election of committee chairs, we were assigned to our committees that we will be serving on for this session. I am assigned to serve on the following: Agriculture, General Affairs, Health and Human Services, and Nebraska Retirement Systems.

The Agriculture Committee is responsible for processing all agricultural legislation including anything from seeds to crop development, and livestock development to auction markets. This committee has also elected me as Vice Chair, meaning I will assume the duties of the Chairman in his absence. This committee will meet on Tuesdays at 1:30 in Room 2102.

The General Affairs Committee is responsible for processing legislation in the following areas: anything related to liquor or gambling, cemeteries, libraries, rates for legal notices, the State Electrical Act, and the Nebraska Arts Council. This committee will meet on Mondays at 1:30 in Room 1510.

The Health and Human Services Committee is responsible for processing legislation in all public health areas, along with social services and public assistance. This committee will meet on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 1:30 PM in Room 1510.

The Nebraska Retirement Systems is responsible for processing legislation that deals with the retirement accounts of multiple state employee groups. This committee does not have a set meeting time and will meet at the call of the Chairman.

I am incredibly honored and humbled by the faith the voters have placed in me and plan to have an open door with accessibility for the constituents of District #24.  You may continue to follow me on Facebook at Kolterman For Legislature and on Twitter at @KoltermanforLegislature.  My office in the State Capitol is Room 1115, which I share with my colleague Bob Hilkemann from Omaha.  Stop by anytime.  My e-mail address is mkolterman@leg.ne.gov and the office phone number is 402-471-2756. Kenny Zoeller, my legislative aide, and Katie Quintero, my Administrative Aide, are always available to assist you with your needs.  If I am not immediately available, please do not hesitate to work them with your concerns, thoughts, or needs.

 

Thank you,

Senator Mark Kolterman
District 24