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Sen. Kate Bolz

Sen. Kate Bolz

District 29

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The Nebraska Department of Transportation recently announced an upcoming public hearing regarding the Lincoln South Beltway Project. The hearing will be at the Sesostris Shrine Center at 1050 Saltillo Road on Tuesday, October 3 from 6:00pm to 6:30pm.

For more information on the South Beltway Project, or to submit comments to the department on the project, visit http://dot.nebraska.gov/lincoln-south-beltway/

For more information on the public hearing, please see the Department of Transportation’s event advisory below:

Public Hearing October 3 for Lincoln South Beltway

September 7, 2017 (Lincoln, Neb.) — The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, October 3, regarding the proposed Lincoln South Beltway project in Lancaster County.  The hearing, held at the Sesostris Shrine Center, 1050 Saltillo Road (northwest of intersection at Saltillo Road and US-77), will include an open house from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., a panel presentation at 6:00 p.m., followed by a public forum from 6:20 to 7:30 p.m.

The proposed Lincoln South Beltway project would construct a new 11-mile east-west freeway south of the City of Lincoln, located between US-77 on the west and N-2 on the east, approximately 0.5 miles south of Saltillo Road.  The purpose is to improve east-west connectivity for regional and interstate travel through Nebraska, and to reduce conflicts between local and through traffic, including heavy truck traffic, in Lincoln. NDOT has prepared a Draft Environmental Assessment (DEA) to evaluate the potential effects of the project.  The public hearing will present information regarding the DEA analysis and provide the public with the formal opportunity to comment on the project.  The DEA is available on NDOT’s website athttp://dot.nebraska.gov/lincoln-south-beltway and comments will be collected through October 7, 2017.

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Contact: Tom Goodbarn, District 1 Engineer, Lincoln, (402) 471-0850″

This week’s swing between sunshine and rain reminds us that Nebraska’s weather can shift at any moment. Last spring we saw storms that caused serious damage to parts of southeast Lincoln, and it’s important to be prepared during severe weather events and the cleanup afterward.  

To help Nebraskans during and after severe weather events, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services publishes its Recommended Procedures for Planning and Recovering from a Disaster, you can access this document through this link, or by emailing me at kbolz@leg.ne.gov.  

If your basement floods as a result of heavy rain, it’s important to make sure that the power is shut off before entering it. Additionally, in heavily flooded situations, water should be pumped out at a rate of roughly a third of the water per day, in order to maintain the structural integrity of the basement.

When cleaning up a flooded basement, hard-surfaced floors and other household surfaces should be cleaned with with soap and water. To disinfect these surfaces, a solution of one cup of bleach for every five gallons of water should be used. It’s important that any surfaces that many come in contact with food, or areas where small children play, are disinfected.

Items that remain wet for over 48 hours create conditions favorable for mold growth, so materials must be kept dry once water has been removed from an area. The state DHHS suggests using wet vacuums and dehumidifiers to assist in the drying. If you have a mold situation and would like more information on eradicating the issue, you can read the EPA publication “A Brief Guide to Mold and Moisture in your home”, which can be found here, or by emailing me at kbolz@leg.ne.gov.

Starting next week, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services will be conducting listening sessions to gather feedback on its draft redesign plan for long-term care in Nebraska. The Lincoln listening session will take place on Monday, March 20 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Gere Library (2400 S 56th St) in room 1.

You can access a copy of the Nebraska Long Term Care Redesign Plan here.

For more information on the plan, and long term care in general, please visit http://dhhs.ne.gov/LTC. Additionally, for more information the listening tour locations and dates, you can read the Department of Health and Human Service’s news release below.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 17, 2017

CONTACT
Julie Naughton, Communications and Legislative Services
(office) 402-471-1695; (cell) 402-405-7202, julie.naughton@nebraska.gov

DHHS Traveling to Eight Nebraska Towns Seeking Public Comment on LongTerm Care Redesign

Note: Soundbites on this topic available at www.dhhs.ne.gov/audio

LINCOLN —The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services is seeking feedback about its recently released draft redesign plan for longterm care in Nebraska. Beginning the week of March 20th, the Department will be holding listening sessions in eight communities across the state to receive feedback on this draft plan from Medicaid members, providers, advocates, and other stakeholders.

This plan, released earlier this month, is based upon national research and feedback received from a listening tour in the fall. The draft redesign plan follows and builds upon the key principles outlined in a concept paper released by the Department last year. The redesign goals follow the mission of DHHS to help people live better lives and ensure that Nebraskans will have access to high-quality services and supports, in whatever place they call home.

The draft includes recommendations to improve home and community-based care services (HCBS) for seniors and individuals with disabilities in Nebraska by enhancing opportunities for community-based living; strengthening access to and navigation of the system; ensuring fairness in the assessment process; reducing duplication; supporting consumer-direction; phasing in Medicaid managed longterm care; improving quality and accountability; and advancing the use of technology and other innovations.  For more information, please visit http://dhhs.ne.gov/LTC.

STATE TOUR LISTENING SESSIONS:

  • MONDAY, MARCH 20 – LINCOLN: Gere Library, Room 1, 2400 S 56th St, 6:00 – 8:00PM
  • TUESDAY, MARCH 21 – NORFOLK:  Norfolk Public Library, 308 W Prospect Ave, 6:00 – 7:30PM
  • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22 – FREMONT: Gifford Tower, Community Room, 2510 N Clarkson St, 6:00 – 8:00PM
  • THURSDAY, MARCH 23 – OMAHA (2 sessions): 1st Session: QLI, Auditorium, 6404 N 70th Plaza, 12:00 – 2:00PM
    2nd Session: Immanuel Courtyard Independent & Assisted Living, 6757 Newport Ave, 6:00 – 8:00PM
  • MONDAY, MARCH 27, GRAND ISLAND: St. Francis Medical Center, Lobby Floor Meeting Room, 2620 West Faidley Ave, 6:00 – 8:00PM
  • TUESDAY, MARCH 28, KEARNEY: Kearney Public Library, North Platte Room, 2020 1st Ave, 6:00 – 8:00PM
  • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, NORTH PLATTE: McKinley Education Center, Multi-purpose Room, 301 West F St, 6:00 – 8:00PM
  • THURSDAY, MARCH 30, GERING: Gering Public Library, Community Room, 1055 P St, 6:00 – 8:00PM

PUBLIC WEBINARS:

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Last week, Lancaster County released their new preliminary property values report, which will be the basis for property tax bills in 2018. Because of increasing home values, many residents of LD29 will see an increase in home valuation, and subsequent property tax bill. In order to see your new assessed value, you can visit the Lancaster County Assessor’s website at http://orion.lancaster.ne.gov/Appraisal/PublicAccess/.  

If you believe that your home value has been improperly assessed, the staff of the Lancaster County assessor’s office is available through March 1 to receive requests for a lower valuation before the current figures are finalized. To schedule an informal meeting to discuss valuations, you can go to your property value detail sheet from the County Assessor’s website and click the “Appeal” button (pictured below), or call (402) 441-7463. Homeowners have until February 1 to schedule a meeting. If you are having any trouble finding this site, feel free to call my office at (402) 471-2734 for further assistance.

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On March 25, the finalized valuation changes will be posted on the Lancaster County Assessor website. At this point, if you feel that your protest was not properly evaluated, there is a formal appeals process through the Nebraska Tax Equalization and Review Commission that is outlined in this document. The formal complaint must be filed by June 1. You can also contact the Tax Equalization and Review Commission directly at (402) 471-2842 if you have specific questions about this process. As always, you can contact my office at (402) 471-2734 for other questions.

One of my goals while in the legislature has been to shape our state’s tax discussion to include the effect that property taxes have on residential property taxpayers. As a member of the appropriations committee, I have supported increases in the Property Tax Cash Fund, a dedicated fund that directly reduces the property taxes you pay. Additionally, in 2015 I introduced LB186, a bill to create a property tax “circuit breaker” which provides a tax credit in the event that property taxes increase significantly compared to a person’s income.

 

Over the summer, Highway 2 is undergoing resurfacing and repair. While this may cause a temporary inconvenience for many of us in District 29, the project will help Highway 2 remain a viable option for transportation through Lincoln and to its surrounding towns. The project starts just south of the intersection of Highway 2 and Van Dorn Street, and extends to 56th St.

To help ease congestion, highway closure for resurfacing will take place during non-peak hours from 7 PM to 6 AM Monday through Friday, and from 6 AM Saturday morning through 6 AM Monday morning. It is expected that the resurfacing will be complete by the fall.

During this time, a detour is being provided for through traffic, which utilizes I-80, Highway 6, and 84th St. Additionally, the 14th, 27th, 33rd, 40th, 48th and 56th cross streets will still be available for traffic.

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For additional information on the project, you can visit the Department of Roads Frequently Asked Questions document. Any questions or comments can be sent to Sarah Kugler, the Public Involvement Manager at the Nebraska Department of Roads. She can be reached by email at sara.kugler@Nebraska.gov or telephone at (402) 479-4871.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about the Highway 2 project, or any state issues, you can contact my office at (402) 471-2734 or by emailing me at kbolz@leg.ne.gov.

Thank you and Drive Safely!

During my time in the Legislature, I have focused on children, education, seniors, jobs, public safety and taxes.  Here is a short list of legislation from the 2015-2016 biennium which works to build a stronger Nebraska by implementing solutions for specific needs across the state.

KIDS

LB591

I introduced the Nebraska ABLE Act, which allows families to set up tax-exempt 529A savings accounts for disability-related expenses. The legislature overwhelming passed LB591. Launching sometime this summer, the ABLE program will help families shoulder the costs associated with disabilities. If you are interested in the program, Nebraska’s program, titled “Enable” can be found at https://enablenebraska.com/.

LB243

All kids in our state deserve stable and supportive households. With this in mind, I introduced LB243, which created a statewide project for Family Finding services for children in foster care. Research consistently proves that children do better in family-based settings than out of home care. The family finding model finds relatives for children who are in out of home care, with the goal of finding lifelong connections to families and permanent homes. The legislature passed LB243 on a 35-9 vote.

 

EDUCATION

LB379

After school programing provides kids with opportunities to learn and grow outside of the classroom. In 2015, I introduced LB379, which provides funding for expanded after school and out of school programing through school-community partnership grants. In addition to funding for existing learning centers, LB379 provides expanded learning opportunity programs in areas of the state with a high percentage of at risk children. LB397 was amended into a broader bill on school funding, LB519, and passed by the legislature.

 

SENIORS

LB708
As Nebraska’s population ages, the prevalence of Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias is increasing. By 2025 it is expected that over 40,000 Nebraskans will be diagnosed with these diseases.  I introduced LB708, which creates a high quality standard endorsement for assisted living facilities that want to serve individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The optional endorsement would reflect a facility’s commitment to high-quality staffing, programming, safety and other factors, and helps provide a greater degree of information for those seeking to find care for their loved ones. LB708 was amended into LB698, and passed by the Legislature.

 

JOBS

LB36
Many times, people that wish to obtain noncollege professional certificates cannot afford the programs needed to find work. Not only does this restrict opportunities for Nebraskans to find quality jobs, it also makes it increasingly challenging for employers to find qualified employees to fill their openings. LB36, which I introduced in 2015 created the Community College Gap Assistance Program. The program provides financial aid to low-income students for professional certificate programs, filling a gap in skills for many Nebraskans seeking employment. The Community College Gap Assistance Program provisions were amended into LB519, which was passed by the Legislature.

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

LB592 and LB910

As part of a continuing effort to increase public safety, it’s important that there is an independent parole board structure. Following recommendations from the LR424 Department of Correctional Services Special Investigative Committee, I introduced LB592 and LB910, which provides the Board of Parole with the tools it needs to be the independent body that it  must be to oversee of the process in which those in the correctional system are paroled into our communities. LB592 was passed by the legislature in 2015, and LB910 was amended into LB1094, which was passed by Legislature this year.

LB931 Amendment (2016)

People with serious mental health issues often have a difficult time finding stable housing. I introduced LB931, a bill to expand a program for people who are very low income and who have serious mental health problems. When people have a safe place to call home, they are more likely to comply with their doctor’s recommendations, and to lead productive lives. Failure to address housing for those with mental illnesses can lead to greater incarceration of them. Significant portions of LB931 were included in this year’s budget.

 

TAXES

LB186

One of my goals while in the legislature has been to shape our state’s tax discussion to include the burden that property taxes have on residential property taxpayers.  Last year, I introduced LB186 to provide a “circuit-break” in the event that property taxes take a certain amount of a person’s income. While this legislation did not advance, it’s my hope that the continued discussion on property tax will include the real and serious effect that rising property taxes have on working families.

District #29 Constituent Survey Link

As your State Senator, focusing on the priorities that matter most to my constituents is important to me. These priorities include education, job creation, tax fairness, and serving children and seniors. Based on previous surveys, I have successfully promoted home and community based services for seniors, advocated for property tax relief, and improved afterschool education programs. I will examine the results over the 2016 interim to inform my policy decisions in the next legislative session and into the future.

Please share your thoughts by filling out the survey at the link below.

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 kbolz@leg.ne.gov.

Thank you for your input!
Sincerely,

Senator Kate Bolz

District #29 Constituent Survey Link

District #29 Constituent Survey

October 22nd, 2015

As your State Senator, focusing on the priorities that matter most to my constituents is important to me. These priorities include education, job creation, tax fairness, and serving children and seniors. Based on previous surveys, I have successfully promoted home and community based services for seniors, advocated for property tax relief, and improved afterschool education programs. I will use the results of this survey to inform my policy decisions in the next legislative session and into the future.

Please share your thoughts by filling out the survey at the link below. The survey is also being sent out by mail over time.

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 kbolz@leg.ne.gov.

Thank you for your input!
Sincerely,

Senator Kate Bolz

District #29 Survey Link

District #29 Constituent Survey

September 10th, 2015

As your State Senator, focusing on the priorities that matter most to my constituents is important to me. These priorities include education, job creation, tax fairness, and serving children and seniors. Based on previous surveys, I have successfully promoted home and community based services for seniors, advocated for property tax relief, and improved afterschool education programs. I will use the results of this survey to inform my policy decisions in the next legislative session and into the future.

Please share your thoughts by filling out the survey at the link below. The survey is also being sent out by mail over time.

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 kbolz@leg.ne.gov.

Thank you for your input!
Sincerely, Senator Kate Bolz

 

District #29 Constituent Survey

Coffee with Kate

March 4th, 2014

COFFEE WITH KATE

Please join Senator Kate Bolz for a meeting with constituents on Tuesday, March 11th, 2014. It will take place at the Clark Jeary Retirement Community, 8401 South 33rd Street.

Senator Bolz is look forward to meeting with you and hearing your concerns and ideas for the district. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact her office at kbolz@leg.ne.gov or call 402 – 471 – 2734.

 

 

Sen. Kate Bolz

District 29
Room #1015
P.O. Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2734
Email: kbolz@leg.ne.gov
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