Dear neighbors:

Thank you to everyone who came out to the town hall this weekend, and to Lake Washington Tech for hosting. Rep. Roger Goodman and I were glad to see everyone in person, and Rep. Larry Springer was able to join us remotely despite having Covid.

If you weren’t able to make it, you can watch the video here.

Legislative Update

This week, we hit the deadline for bills to pass their chamber of origin. Eleven bills I’m sponsoring have passed the Senate. A lot of work remains to ensure that these bills pass the full Legislature and are signed into law by the governor, but I am encouraged because all of my bills passed with bipartisan support!

SB 6006 would support victims of human trafficking and sexual abuse by improving how the state responds, providing them with continued care, and enabling them to seek civil remedies.

SB 5937 is omnibus legislation that would support crime victims and witnesses by promoting a victim-centered, trauma-informed legal response to sexual assault.

SB 5853 would extend our state’s new behavioral health crisis relief center model, which delivers immediate care to people having a behavioral health crisis, to provide services for children.

SB 6228 would remove hidden barriers to help people access substance use disorder treatment more efficiently and effectively.

SB 6308 would ensure our 988 call centers have the technology and integrated data platforms they need to provide seamless, person-centered service.

SB 6251 would develop regionalized coordinated behavioral health crisis response plans across our state.

SB 5690 would ensure that people under civil commitment have effective transition teams to help them when they are released to become full members of society again.

SB  5790 would help keep students safe by providing bleeding control kits in schools and encouraging bystanders to become trained to help until professionals arrive.

SB 6146 would ensure that people who commit crimes on tribal lands cannot escape justice by fleeing into Washington state lands, by authorizing Washington police to enforce tribal warrants.

SB 6227 would allow victims in cases when a defendant is found not guilty by reason of insanity to get a protection order so they have the same level of protection as other victims.

SB 6246 would close a loophole and improve communication of limited, but crucial, information about firearm prohibitions for people committed under the Involuntary Treatment Act, while continuing to protect their privacy.

Stay in touch

As always, please feel free to reach out to my office directly at the contact information below or by clicking on the banner above. Take care!

Sincerely yours,

Manka Dhingra
Senator, 45th Legislative District
Deputy Majority Leader