By Manka Dhingra Special to The Times Janice Porcher was on a routine work errand one morning in 2017 in Fife. A nine-year veteran deck hand for Washington State Ferries, she was a favorite of her colleagues for her smile and her kind demeanor. Just after turning left at a green light, her car was suddenly smashed by a driver who ran ...Read More
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Behavioral health officials discussed the implementation of the 988 suicide prevention call line at a meeting on Tuesday.
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Any casual observer of our local debate on public safety will know that dashboards are all the rage these days. Mayor Bruce Harrell campaigned on his love of data visualization. The Purge cosplayers over at the Seattle Police Officers Guild can’t get enough of them. But not all dashboards serve to shield those in power from the responsibility of articulating a ...Read More
By Manka Dhingra and Rebecca Saldaña Special to The Times “No two countries run by women would ever go to war.” That recent judgment by Meta Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg may be open to debate, but we have seen clear evidence during the pandemic that when women assume political leadership, it leads to improved outcomes. That is one of many reasons to celebrate ...Read More
Last week, Gov. Jay Inslee signed legislation into law that will improve access to community-based treatment for people with serious behavioral health issues and make it easier for families to get their loved one’s care when they need it, without hospitalization. The bill, HB 1773, introduced by State Rep. Jamila Taylor (D-Federal Way), streamlines the process for assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) ...Read More
By Manka Dhingra and Lisa Yohalem Special to the Bellevue Reporter. After two years on the frontlines of pandemic response, our health care system has taken a beating. Providers such as community health centers have felt serious impacts on their workforce and finances. While federal emergency funds helped keep clinic doors open, a booster was desperately needed. Recognizing the problem, the ...Read More
The body that licenses police officers in Washington state has decided to apply a new police accountability law to past misconduct, instead of only to officer misconduct that occurred after the law took effect last July. The vote by the state Criminal Justice Training Commission resolves a dispute between lawmakers and the commission about how far back officers can be held ...Read More
The city of Woodinville recently secured $5 million in state funding to begin designing and constructing the SR 202 Capacity and Safety Improvement Project. “The trestle funding was successful due to years of work from staff, current and former council members, our lobbyist and the wonderful advocacy of the 45th delegation—especially Senator [Manka] Dhingra,” said Diana Hart, intergovernmental affairs coordinator for ...Read More
Sen. Manka Dhingra has called for a joint session to address the practice, which splits up families and costs taxpayers millions. As schools in Washington continue to ship students with disabilities to other communities, state lawmakers say they plan to find a way to keep kids closer to home. Sen. Manka Dhingra, D-Redmond, the state Senate deputy majority leader, says that after ...Read More
OLYMPIA - Wash. House and Senate Republicans are expressing frustration with a growing partisan legislature, which they say they witnessed during the recent state legislative session. Washington is a Democrat-majority state with Republicans often have a hard time standing in the way of Democrat-sponsored legislation. Republican legislators are complaining that Democrats excluded them from controversial topics and did not provide significant ...Read More