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Over the interim, legislators file interim study resolutions to formally study policy areas and issues to better inform legislation next session. Among the topics I’m looking at this interim are how we can reduce violence in our communities and the ways that we can make Nebraska’s business incentives work better for our state economy.
During my time in the Legislature there has been an ongoing discussion of how we can effectively reduce violence in our communities. I consider keeping Lincoln and Nebraska safe to be among my highest priorities, which is why I introduced LR390, which looks at how we can expand the Office of Violence Prevention and improve its effectiveness. Since 2009, Nebraska’s Office of Violence Prevention has offered ways for cities and nonprofits to effectively target violence our communities. This resolution will study how we can build on the success of this program, and expand its impact on the state.
The largest program designed to grow businesses in our state, the Nebraska Advantage Act, expires in 2020. This gives us the opportunity to look at how effective this program is in creating new jobs in Nebraska, and how we can continue to improve and compete in a global economy. I introduced LR388 to examine the best practices to increasing economic growth in our state and find ways to utilize the Nebraska Advantage Act in a manner that best promotes the creation of good jobs for Nebraskans.
As your State Senator, focusing on the priorities that matter most to you is important to me. Let me know what you think by filling out our Legislative District #29 Survey.
Thank you for taking the time to respond. Your suggestions, ideas, and concerns are important to me! You are also welcome to call my office at (402) 471-2743 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m looking forward to the chance to see you in our community this summer. I’ll be at the Sunday Farmers’ Market at College View (4801 Prescott Ave) on July 15 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, please stop by and say hello!
I’ll also be holding open office hours at the Capitol on Saturday July, 7 and Saturday July 28 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. If there’s anything you would like to meet with me about, you can schedule a time by calling my office at 402-471-2734, or emailing email@example.com.
Between the 2017 and 2018 sessions, the state’s revenue came in short of initial projections, which led us to reduce state spending beyond what was initially planned in our original two-year budget cycle. As the vice chair of the Appropriations Committee, it was important to me that we did this while protecting our state’s investments in kids, seniors, education, public safety, and job creation.
The 2018 budget adjustments contained necessary cuts as well as funding for state priorities. Among the priorities in the budget were services in child welfare, property tax relief for seniors and individuals with disabilities through the homestead exemption, funding to developmental disability providers to make up for lost federal funds, needed resources for school funding, and dollars needed to shore up Medicaid services to respond to changes on the federal level. I’m also pleased that we were able to reduce the significant cuts to higher education that were proposed by the administration.
I introduced LB104 to establish a process to declare a medical surrogate to make healthcare decisions for those incapable or incapacitated, but who do not have a guardianship in place or medical power of attorney. The current guardianship system will remain in place, but LB104 offers a less restrictive option that allows those with a medical surrogate to maintain their general independence, and avoid the expensive guardianship process, which can often cost up to $5,000. LB104 passed unanimously, and was signed into law by the Governor.
Aging and Disability Resource Centers
Helping seniors and individuals with disabilities find their way to information and services is critical in making sure they receive the care they need. Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC), connect patients, families, caregivers, and advocates with referral and options counseling services to connect those in need with the correct long-term services and supports. The success of the pilot program led me to introduce LB1004 makes the state’s ADRC program permanent. LB1004 was passed and signed into law.
Corrections Reform Package
The Legislature also took steps to address Nebraska’s prison overcrowding and safety issues by passing a corrections reform package that included a number of pieces of legislation, including LB852 legislation I brought forward to establish a protocol for parole of terminally ill offenders that no longer pose a threat to the public, as well as policy changes to promote access to employment and mental health treatment through the parole administration. The corrections reform package includes legislation that requires the Department of Corrections to outline how they will respond to a prison overcrowding emergency, conduct a staffing analysis and authorize the department to utilize additional substance abuse evaluations and treatments. These reforms will help the Department safely and responsibly make prisons safer, while reducing recidivism.
Join us at our South Central Lincoln town hall!
On May 16, I’ll be joining fellow Lincoln elected officials at a town where you can hear our priorities for the community, and we can get your input on what you would like to see moving forward. Join myself, Lincoln School Board Member Don Mayhew, and City Councilman Jon Camp on Wednesday, May 16 at 6:00 at the Union College Lang Amphitheater to discuss how we can build a strong future for South Lincoln.
The program will include brief remarks from the elected representatives and time for a question and answer session. A campus map of Union College can be found here. The Lang Amphitheater is located in the Krueger Center, which is building #9 on the map.
You can let us know you’re attending by filling out this RSVP form.
For more information about the event, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call my office at 402-471-2734.
Thank you for your interest!
March 26, 2018
CONTACT: Senator Kate Bolz, email@example.com
Senator Kate Bolz Statement on Violence Prevention
It is heartbreaking any time violence occurs. As a State Senator, I take my responsibility to promote community safety seriously. In light of the recent national conversation about school violence and the tragic event in my own neighborhood today, I feel compelled to continue our work to prevent violence in our communities.
Tomorrow, I will introduce an interim study to examine opportunities for expansion of Nebraska’s Office of Violence Prevention as well as ways in which we can provide additional funding to this important purpose. My sincere condolences to those who have lost friends and family members, especially my neighbors today. Too many families have felt this pain, this action is only one step we must take toward working together to build safer communities.
On Saturday, March 24, from 1:00 PM through 5:00 PM, I’ll be holding open office hours at the capitol. If there are any legislative or state issues you’d like to share with me, I invite you to get in touch and schedule a time to meet. To do so, you can call or email my administrative aid Sam at 402-471-2734 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and he can help with scheduling a time. Parking is available on the west and south sides of the building.
What: Open Office Hours
Where: Nebraska State Capitol, Room 1015 (first floor by the west entrance)
When: Saturday, March 24, from 1:00 – 5:00 PM
If you can’t make it on the 24th, you’re always welcome to let me know your views on issues by calling me at 402-471-2734, or emailing me at email@example.com.
Our state has many boards and commissions that provide Nebraskans a voice in state government and the chance to make a difference. Currently, a number of vacancies have opened on these boards, offer new opportunities to get involved. For the list of vacant positions on Nebraska’s Governor appointed boards and commissions, you can visit this link. Additionally, here’s a description of the duties associated with each board and commission.
If you’re interested in being considered for an appointment to a board or commission, you can complete a printable Application for Executive Appointment form, or fill out the online form on the Governor’s website.
For additional questions about this process you can contact Kathleen Dolezal by calling (402) 471-1971 or by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, if you have any questions or input on state government in general, you are welcome to call my office at (402) 471-2734, or email me at email@example.com.
For Immediate Release
January 9, 2017
Workforce Development Legislation Introduced by Senator Bolz
Lincoln, NE: State Senator Kate Bolz introduced a package of bills today promoting workforce development for Nebraska. The bills address job quality, career education, access to child care, and retention of trained workers.
The Nebraska Chamber of Commerce reports that a survey of Nebraska’s business leaders found that eight in ten respondents said their community or business faced a workforce shortage, with skilled labor being highest in demand. A report commissioned by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development entitled “Nebraska’s Next Economy” outlined workforce challenges slowing our economy including statewide workforce shortages, acute workforce shortages in higher skilled occupations, and failure to integrate underserved populations into the worker pipeline, among others.
“Workforce development is the number one priority for economic growth in Nebraska,” states Bolz, “This package of bills represents a vision for investing in our workers, job quality, and career education and training to grow Nebraska and compete successfully in a global economy, using one of our states greatest assets, our people.”
The bills include:
A comprehensive bill investing $15 million dollars per year in career education and training, internship programs, student loan tax credits, and child care tax credits.
A bill to develop and fund the Integrated Education and Training Grant Program to fund efforts in community colleges to develop fast track career education programs that integrate developmental education and workforce preparation and training.
A bill defining job quality in Nebraska economic development programs as jobs paying 150% of the Nebraska average weekly wage and providing health care benefits.
A bill to expand the existing GAP tuition assistance program, which covers the educational costs of low-income students enrolling in programs that lead to industry recognized credentials and in-demand jobs, to include more eligible educational programs.
A bill to increase the value of the child care tax credit for working families.
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