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Sen. Kate Bolz

Sen. Kate Bolz

District 29

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We are pleased to be back at work in the 2019 Legislative Session!  We continue to work hard to represent your interests in the Nebraska Unicameral. It will be an exciting year continuing to work to balance the budget while protecting priorities like education and health care, and discussing important legislation related to reform of the Department of Correctional Services, tax relief, and more.

We want to share information with you about this legislative session. Please keep in touch with us!

How to Reach District #29

Please feel free to contact us in the following ways:

Senator Kate Bolz
Nebraska State Capitol, 1455 K St.
Room 1015
PO Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509

Phone Number:
Office: (402) 471-2734
Kate’s Cell: (402) 802-8312

Senator Bolz’s Agenda
This year, we will focus on a number of priorities for District #29.  They include:

  • LB 174: Increasing funding for the Office of Violence Prevention’s community violence prevention grants to keep our community safer.
  • LB 420Focusing property tax relief on those who need it most by providing a circuit breaker when home values outpace a home owner’s income.
  • LB 109Creating a system for fair pay and recognition of experience in our wage structure for Department of Correctional Services staff members and encourage employee retention.
  • LB 180LB 527and LB 563Higher education and workforce development policy to promote higher-skilled workers in Nebraska, helping employees and employers alike.

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CONTACT: Senator Kate Bolz, (402) 802-8312,

Senator Kate Bolz Introduces Legislation to Enhance Community Violence Prevention in Nebraska

January 11, 2019 (Lincoln, NE) — Senator Kate Bolz introduced legislation today to give Nebraska cities, police departments and nonprofits additional tools to fight violent crime in their communities. The legislation, cosponsored by Senator Robert Hilkemann, would increase the appropriation for Nebraska’s Office of Violence Prevention to $1,525,000 and create a new partnership with the University of Nebraska Medical Center for enhanced data analysis and program evaluation.

“We all continue to be shocked and saddened by instances of violence in our state, and we know the tragic outcomes that happen when we fail to prevent violent incidents in our communities,” said Senator Kate Bolz. “It’s time that we increase our state’s preventative measures against violence.  We have over a decade of data showing that Nebraska’s Office of Violence Prevention empowers local governments and organizations to prevent violence in their communities and we should act on this.”

Nebraska’s Office of Violence Prevention was established in 2009 and provides over $350,000 in competitive grants process to organizations that have shown a history of documented success in helping reduce crime in Nebraska. Programs which can provide evidence-based strategy or proven success are prioritized for funding. Grantee organizations include municipalities, police departments, and nonprofits.

Before introducing the bill, Senator Bolz was joined by Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler, Omaha Senator Robert Hilkemann, Lincoln Police Captain Jason Stille, Omaha mother Salinas, Leadership Lincoln students and a number of community supporters, who pledged support for the measure.

“Keeping Nebraskans safe should be among our highest priorities as elected officials, and part of any statewide plan to reduce crime and violence involves prevention,” said Senator Kate Bolz.

Specific grantee examples include the City of Omaha’s web-based gang database project and analyst that streamlines information to provide data-informed gang policing; Lancaster County’s Operation Tipping Point, which teams Lincoln police with community partners coordinate meetings with LPS, parents and schools to reduce gang membership; the Village Basketball Alliance, which runs a 100 student basketball league shown to increase pro-social behaviors and decrease acceptance of gangs; and the Urban Youth B.O.L.T. program has averaged a total of 80 graduates annually in a 10 week program to that targets youth with minor criminal charges and works to increase positive societal attitudes through reinforcement of families and their peers.

Senator Kate Bolz of Lincoln Represents District 29 in the Nebraska Legislature




CONTACT: Senator Kate Bolz, (402) 802-8312,

Senator Bolz Introduces Sexual Assault Survivor Bill of Rights

January 9, 2019 (Lincoln, NE) — In her first action of the 2019 session, Senator Kate Bolz introduced legislation today to create a Sexual Assault Survivor Bill of Rights meant to ensure survivors of sexual assault in Nebraska receive the necessary supports available to them during medical and law enforcement interactions.

“Survivors of sexual assault have existing rights within our legal system and deserve to have information about these rights presented to them in a clear manner,” said Senator Kate Bolz. “This bill will provide survivors with important information about the formal and informal supports available to them in the medical system and about the options available to them in the criminal justice system.”

Senator Bolz first announced her intention to bring this bill forward in October 2018 after hearing from those affected by sexual assault throughout the interim, “This was inspired by constituents who reached out to me about the need to update existing laws concerning sexual assault. We must make sure we are effective in providing assistance and answers to those seeking help.”

The legislation was developed with the assistance and support of the Nebraska Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence. The legislation requires that survivors be notified of their existing rights under current law when contacting law enforcement or medical personnel. The rights of survivors of sexual assault include:

  • The right to be treated with fairness, dignity, and respect;

  • The right to consult with a sexual assault counselor or victims advocate;

  • The right to be informed;

  • The right to be heard and participate in the criminal justice process;

  • The right to timely disposition of the case;

  • The right to notice about the status of the case; and

  • The right to apply for compensation.

Each day hundreds of Americans are affected by sexual violence. Every 98 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted and every 8 minutes, that victim is a child. The Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights will give survivors consistent guidelines and information during an uncertain and traumatic time.

Senator Kate Bolz of Lincoln Represents District 29 in the Nebraska Legislature


January 9th, 2019

Thank you for visiting my website. It is an honor to represent the people of the 29th 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.

Sen. Kate Bolz

Sen. Kate Bolz

District 29
Room #1015
P.O. Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2734
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