FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — March 7, 2023 OLYMPIA — Companies doing business in Washington would no longer be allowed to charge different prices for substantially similar products marketed to men and women, under legislation passed today by the Senate. SB 5171, sponsored by Sen. Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond), would ban the practice of gender-based price discrimination, often called the “pink tax,” that sees women’s products marked up compared to ...Read More
Manka Dhingra is Deputy Majority Leader of the Washington State Senate. She brings two decades of experience as a prosecutor and behavioral health expert to her role as chair of the Senate Law & Justice Committee. She also serves on the Health & Long Term Care Committee and the Ways & Means Committee.
Dhingra was first elected to the Senate by the constituents of the 45th Legislative District in November 2017, the first Sikh state legislator elected in the nation. Since then, she has sponsored and passed legislation addressing a wide range of issue areas, including: curbing domestic violence and sexual assault, preventing firearm violence, providing property tax relief for seniors and people with disabilities, prosecuting financial fraud, and reforming the criminal justice system with an evidence-based approach.
During her time in the Senate, Dhingra founded the Senate Behavioral Health Subcommittee and helped pass legislation and funding to transform the Washington State behavioral health system, reorienting it around prevention rather than crisis response. She continues to strive to ensure that Washingtonians with behavioral health needs get the treatment they need and deserve.
Read Manka’s full biography here.
Manka in the News
PubliCola: New Drug Possession Bill Emphasizes Coercive Treatment
Democrats in the legislature are making procedural moves that will decide what ...Read More
Suburban Times: Quan Huynh ’25 Discusses her Internship at the Washington State Senate
Pacific Lutheran University Pre-Law Club President Quan Huynh ’25 unexpectedly stepped into ...Read More
Columbia Herald: Domestic violence bills look to improve victim safety
Victims of domestic violence will get more protection under a package of ...Read More
Crosscut: Push to decriminalize fades as WA Senate considers new drug law
As Washington lawmakers try to reshape how the state deals with substance-use ...Read More
NewsBreak: Washington State Lawmakers Hold Bipartisan Press Conference to Address Domestic Violence Legislation
OLYMPIA, WA – Twenty percent of all murders in Washington State are ...Read More
Spokesman-Review: Washington lawmakers highlight bills to address domestic violence, missing and murdered Indigenous people
Police could call judges at a domestic violence crime scene to issue ...Read More
GeekWire: Seattle-area police use adhesive GPS trackers to catch fleeing suspects, prevent high-speed chases
The Redmond Police Department implemented new GPS technology last month that has ...Read More
KXLY: Lawmakers, advocates call for adequate funding, stronger protections for domestic violence survivors
SPOKANE, Wash. — Lawmakers and advocates say Washington is not doing enough ...Read More
Spokesman-Review: Washington Senate panel approves bill to make drug possession gross misdemeanor
OLYMPIA – The Legislature is moving forward with a proposal to fix the ...Read More
King 5: Big companies must share efforts to stop human trafficking under bill
OLYMPIA, Wash. — Large businesses operating in Washington state would be required ...Read More