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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:

Address:
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
Email: kbolz@leg.ne.gov

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.

How to Follow Legislation

  • Bill TrackerThe Bill Tracker provides a way to track legislative activity in an organized way. Nebraskans can receive email updates for up to 15 bills simultaneously, allowing you to track legislation as it receives a hearing date, committee vote, or moves forward on the floor.
  • Unicameral UpdateThe Unicameral Update is the Legislature’s daily news source, produced by the Clerk of the Legislature’s Unicameral Information Office. The Unicameral Update publishes articles on legislative activity, floor action, and committee hearings.

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

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

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PRESS RELEASE

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

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

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Welcome
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.

Sincerely,
Sen. Kate Bolz

On Monday, November 12, I’ll be available from 9am to noon for open office hours.

If you have the day off in observance of Veterans Day and would like to meet with me to discuss potential legislation, policy issues, casework or anything else that may be on your mind, you can schedule a time by calling my office at 402-471-2734, or emailing shuppert@leg.ne.gov.

If you’re unavailable on November 12, but would still like to discuss upcoming policy issues, please feel free to email me at kbolz@leg.ne.gov, or call at 402-471-2734.

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

I have just returned from China as a part of a delegation with the China-United States Exchange Foundation https://www.cusef.org.hk/ .  I wanted to share with you a few take-aways from this experience and the position of Nebraska in a global economy.

First, China has a large population and a growing middle class.  This represents a significant opportunity to continue to develop a beneficial economic relationship.  China has a great workforce and a thriving manufacturing sector. The United States and Nebraska have strengths in the agricultural industry, innovation and development, and more.  With thoughtful work, we can maximize the strengths of both countries – and create new opportunities for American workers. I give the Nebraska credit for working on this approach: https://journalstar.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/nebraska-aiming-for-greater-trade-opportunities-global-engagement/article_0c0a1d83-275d-55f8-9150-48b337cd7484.html

Second, we have much to learn from China’s approach to being a part of a global, interconnected economy.  Many businesses illustrate a vision for an interconnected, intelligent world. Nebraska should continue to work to update our economic policy to build on opportunities in digital technologies, agribusiness, and more.

Third, China’s businesses are increasingly incorporating the international human development goals and environmental sustainability into their long term plans.  Specifically, they embrace the United Nations Millennium Development Goals: http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/   U.S. businesses may be inspired by the triple bottom line approach used by corporations such as Pingdoudou and others to improve quality of life, protect the environment, and do good business.

Fundamentally, I found China to be growing and thriving, with rich history and culture to share, welcoming, open people and traditions that are rooted in community values. Many thanks to the China United States Exchange Foundation for an enlightening and productive experience!  

Interim Session
July 27th, 2018

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.

LR390: Office of Violence Prevention

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.

LR388: Evaluating Nebraska Advantage

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.

 

District #29 Survey
July 3rd, 2018

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 kbolz@leg.ne.gov.

Legislative District #29 Survey Link

Kate in the Community
July 2nd, 2018

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 shuppert@leg.ne.gov.

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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