OLYMPIA – Washington state could create a significantly more accessible and effective civil protection order system with the passage of legislation sponsored by Sen. Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond) and Rep. Roger Goodman (D-Kirkland). SB 5297 and its companion HB 1320 would streamline, update and improve access to the courts for civil protection orders. “Protection orders are intended to be available quickly when someone needs protection from harm,” said Dhingra. “The pandemic has highlighted long-standing barriers to access when victims ...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 roles as chair of the Senate Behavioral Health Subcommittee and vice chair of the Senate Law & Justice Committee. She also serves on 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 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 has 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
Amid the ongoing pandemic and threats by far-right protesters to “occupy” the ...Read More
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From The News Tribune A new law took effect Thursday that prohibits ...Read More
Sen. Dhingra was interviewed about emergency protections for domestic violence survivors during ...Read More
From the Woodinville Weekly As states around the country begin to ease ...Read More
On April 2, the governor signed into law a bill that will ...Read More