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State of Reform: Task force discusses behavioral health recommendations for the governor

State of Reform: Task force discusses behavioral health recommendations for the governor

During a Behavioral Health Recovery System Transformation Task Force meeting on Friday morning, group members discussed the series of behavioral health recommendations they will submit to the governor’s office ahead of the next legislative session. The recommendations were developed during previous task force meetings dating back to September 2019.

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425 Business: Meet Four Eastsiders to Know

425 Business: Meet Four Eastsiders to Know

Manka Dhingra

Washington State Senator

Always interested in history and politics, Washington State Sen. Manka Dhingra made history as the first person of the Sikh faith ever elected to any state legislature. She took the Eastside’s 45th District position during the 2017 special election, and she founded women’s advocacy organization API Chaya in 1996.

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Chokeholds, tear gas, police reform top agenda for WA Legislature

Chokeholds, tear gas, police reform top agenda for WA Legislature

Washington state lawmakers plan to pursue a broad range of police reforms the next time they meet, including possibly limiting police use of tear gas and chokeholds.

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The List: Manka Dhingra

The List: Manka Dhingra

Always interested in history and politics, Washington State Sen. Manka Dhingra made history as the first person of the Sikh faith ever elected to any state legislature. She took the Eastside’s 45th District position during the 2017 special election, and she founded women’s advocacy organization API Chaya in 1996.

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New law requires consent for pelvic exams on unconscious or anesthesized patients

New law requires consent for pelvic exams on unconscious or anesthesized patients

From The News Tribune A new law took effect Thursday that prohibits medical providers from doing pelvic examinations on women without their consent if they will be unconscious or under anesthesia. It took lawmakers two years to pass SB 5282, in part because they crafted an exception to protect sexual assault victims. Doctors have been required to get informed ...

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The Domestic Violence Discussion podcast with Ariel Gliboff

The Domestic Violence Discussion podcast with Ariel Gliboff

Sen. Dhingra was interviewed about emergency protections for domestic violence survivors during the coronavirus pandemic on Ariel Gliboff's podcast The Domestic Violence Discussion. You can listen here or wherever you get your podcasts .

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Public Officials Share Insight on the Next Steps to Reopen the State

Public Officials Share Insight on the Next Steps to Reopen the State

From the Woodinville Weekly As states around the country begin to ease off COVID-19 restrictions and allow people to go back to work, experts and officials express concern about the public health infrastructure needed to prevent a second wave of infections.

During a telephone town hall Thursday, May 7, state and federal lawmakers addressed concerns about the response ...

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Gun violence data collection agency to be established, not yet clear how it will operate

Gun violence data collection agency to be established, not yet clear how it will operate

On April 2, the governor signed into law a bill that will establish the Office of Firearm Safety and Violence Prevention under the Department of Commerce, tasked with collecting and sharing gun violence data in collaboration with law enforcement agencies, prosecutors and researchers to promote strategies to reduce gun violence in Washington.

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Washington Republicans Block Extension of Domestic Violence Protections

Washington Republicans Block Extension of Domestic Violence Protections

From The Stranger On Saturday Republican leadership in the statehouse—particularly Senate Minority Leader Mark Schoesler— blocked the extension of an emergency proclamation regarding protections for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The proclamation, set to expire May 11, allows victims to file no-contact orders online. It also allows law enforcement to serve those orders electronically or telephonically, and to remove any ...

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Filibusters Live on KXRW with Jay Inslee and Manka Dhingra

Filibusters Live on KXRW with Jay Inslee and Manka Dhingra

The hosts of Filibusters radio show on KXRW invited Sen. Dhingra and Gov. Inslee to come on to discuss the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can listen to the show here.

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