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Sen. Kate Bolz

Sen. Kate Bolz

District 29

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PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Senator Kate Bolz, (402) 802-8312, kbolz@leg.ne.gov

Senator Kate Bolz to Introduce Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights Legislation

October 2, 2018 (Lincoln, NE) — Senator Kate Bolz announced today that she will introduce legislation to establish rights for survivors of sexual assault in Nebraska. The Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights will ensure that survivors of sexual assault are notified of formal and informal supports available to them during medical and law enforcement interactions.

“There are many reasons why survivors of sexual assault choose not to come forward, but we must do all we can to ensure that victims are aware of the rights they hold in our criminal justice system” said Senator Kate Bolz. “This legislation gives survivors of sexual assault the information they need to make informed decisions about the resources that are available to them at the time of reporting. Learning more about what steps to take following sexual violence can help victims in a difficult time.”  Bolz noted that she made the decision after hearing from constituents in recent weeks.

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.

Previously, Senator Bolz introduced the Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights Act, LB1126, during the 2018 legislative session.  A new, streamlined version will be introduced in 2019.

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Senator Bolz 10-2-18 Release

March 26, 2018

CONTACT: Senator Kate Bolz, kbolz@leg.ne.gov

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.

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LB 309 – Press Release

March 15th, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CONTACT:

Senator Kate Bolz

Nebraska State Capitol

Room 1522

(402) 471-2734

 

 

BOLZ BILL ESTABLISHES THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES DELIVERY IMPROVEMENT AND EFFICIENCY ACT

Lincoln, NE – The Legislature’s committee on Health and Human Services will hold a public hearing on LB309 introduced by Senator Kate Bolz at 1:30pm today. The bill aims to bring greater efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability to the delivery of public benefits.

Bolz states, “Shortly after I entered the Legislature, Iheard from a service provider for elderly individuals who waited over an hour on the phoneto speak to a health and human services worker. This is a solution oriented bill to decrease paperwork and to create efficiency and improved service overall.”

The Department of Health and Human Services provides essential services to Nebraskans, such as proving eligibility for elderly individuals to receive Medicaid upon entering a nursing home. In the past, clients worked with a caseworker and the Department of Health and Human Services verified client information by receiving hard copies of documents, and kept all such information in case file. Managing services changed in 2008 when HHS modernized and created the ACCESS Nebraska system. ACCESS Nebraska significantly reduced HHS staff, created electronic client case files, and emphasized call centers rather than local offices.

LB 309 simplifies service provisions by implementing the least burdensome means of verification allowed by federal law and by better using existing databases and technologies. The legislation will direct the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services to coordinate and streamline eligibility paperwork, expand information sharing across programs and governmental agencies, and provide reasonable efforts to prevent people from cycling on and off the system.


LB 309 is intended to address many of these problems by simplifying the service delivery process, making things easier for clients and state workers – saving time and improving service delivery. “Simplification is important for call center workers who are managing large call volumes. We can simplify while continuing our tradition of accurate program administrationexplains Bolz.

Senator Kate Bolz represents the 29th District of the Nebraska Legislature. She serves on the Appropriations Committee and the Developmental Disabilities Special Investigative Committee. She was elected in 2012.

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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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