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Resolution honoring Sikh Americans passed by WA Senate

Resolution honoring Sikh Americans passed by WA Senate

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Senate passed a resolution Wednesday honoring the contributions of Sikh Americans to the culture and history of Washington state and the United States. The measure was sponsored by Sen. Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond), the first Sikh American elected to a state legislature in American history, who spoke about how Sikh values have inspired her and ...

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Dhingra bill to allow WA police to enforce tribal warrants passes Senate

Dhingra bill to allow WA police to enforce tribal warrants passes Senate

OLYMPIA — People who commit crimes on tribal lands would not be able to escape justice by fleeing into Washington state lands, under legislation passed on a 45-4 vote by the Senate today. SB 6146 would authorize Washington state law enforcement officers to enforce warrants issued by the 29 federally recognized tribes in Washington state and empower them to transport ...

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Dhingra’s ‘victim-centered, trauma-informed’ response to sexual assault passes Senate

Dhingra’s ‘victim-centered, trauma-informed’ response to sexual assault passes Senate

OLYMPIA — An omnibus bill to promote a victim-centered, trauma-informed response to sexual assault in Washington’s legal system passed the Senate today unanimously. SB 5937 streamlines eligibility for crime victim benefits, covers some of victims’ costs for forensic examinations, expands protections to more victims, improves state and local teams to respond to sexual assault, and ensures that children age 13 ...

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Senate passes four Dhingra bills to tackle mental health, substance use disorder

Senate passes four Dhingra bills to tackle mental health, substance use disorder

OLYMPIA — Four bills to improve Washington state’s behavioral health system passed the Senate unanimously this week. “Over the last six years we have been working to build capacity for services across the behavioral health crisis continuum: A Place to Call, Someone to Come, A Safe Place to Be,” said Sen. Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond), chair of the Senate Law & Justice ...

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Dhingra bill to improve support for survivors of child trafficking clears Senate

Dhingra bill to improve support for survivors of child trafficking clears Senate

OLYMPIA — Child survivors of human trafficking and sexual abuse would receive greater support and care in Washington under legislation passed unanimously by the Senate today. The Legislature has made significant progress in recent years to increase support for survivors. Nevertheless, Washington state received a C rating after Shared Hope International, the leading nonprofit working to eradicate sex trafficking, updated ...

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Dhingra bill to Stop the Bleed in schools passes Senate

Dhingra bill to Stop the Bleed in schools passes Senate

OLYMPIA — Legislation to help keep students safe in the event of accidents passed the Senate today on a unanimous vote. SB  5790 would provide bleeding control kits in schools and encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help until professionals arrive. “Bystanders can help save lives with simple techniques — having these kits available and having staff trained ...

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Medha Singitham serves as a page in Washington State Senate

Medha Singitham serves as a page in Washington State Senate

OLYMPIA – Medha Singitham served as a page for the Washington State Senate during the second week of the 2024 legislative session. Sen. Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond) sponsored her time at the Legislature. The page program offers a hands-on opportunity for students to find out how state government works. During a week-long interactive learning experience, students are visited by guest speakers and ...

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Dhingra bill would improve state support for survivors of child trafficking

Dhingra bill would improve state support for survivors of child trafficking

OLYMPIA — Child survivors of human trafficking and sexual abuse would receive greater support and care in Washington under legislation heard in the Senate Law & Justice Committee today. The Legislature has made significant progress in recent years to increase support for survivors. Nevertheless, Washington recently received a C grade from Shared Hope International, the leading nonprofit working to eradicate ...

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Dhingra: bill represents a ‘victim-centered, trauma-informed’ response to sexual assault

Dhingra: bill represents a ‘victim-centered, trauma-informed’ response to sexual assault

OLYMPIA — An omnibus bill to promote a victim-centered, trauma-informed response to sexual assault in Washington’s legal system was heard in the Senate Law & Justice Committee on Monday. SB 5937 streamlines eligibility for crime victim benefits, covers some of victims’ costs for forensic examinations, expands protections to more victims, improves state and local teams to respond to sexual assault, ...

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Dhingra bill would extend behavioral health crisis relief to youth

Dhingra bill would extend behavioral health crisis relief to youth

OLYMPIA – Young people in the midst of a behavioral health crisis would have a safe place to go for immediate treatment under legislation heard Thursday in the Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee. SB 5853, sponsored by Sen. Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond), would build on the system established last year that created crisis relief centers (CRC), a new type ...

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