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Proposed bill would help people facing domestic abuse, sexual violence, stalking

Proposed bill would help people facing domestic abuse, sexual violence, stalking

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 ...

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Senators propose bills to help survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault

Senators propose bills to help survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault

OLYMPIA – Three Washington state senators are taking a multi-pronged approach to supporting survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault as the criminal justice system responds to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sen. Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond), Sen. Annette Cleveland (D-Vancouver), and Sen. T’wina Nobles (D-Fircrest) have filed four bills that would help hold offenders accountable while also supporting survivors as ...

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Legislators propose bills to hold police accountable

Legislators propose bills to hold police accountable

OLYMPIA – Washington legislators took a major step today to hold police officers accountable for their actions.

Sen. Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond), Rep. John Lovick (D-Mill Creek), and Rep. Bill Ramos (D-Issaquah) filed three bills that would hold law enforcement officers to a high standard of honesty, create a duty to intervene and report when fellow officers break ...

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Sen. Dhingra applauds first-ever national survey of Sikh Americans

Sen. Dhingra applauds first-ever national survey of Sikh Americans

Upon release of the first-ever national survey of Sikh Americans, by the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF), Sen. Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond) released the following statement. Please see this link for the press release about the survey results.

“Real change comes from communities. That means we as elected leaders should listen to people about what their communities need, ...

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Sen. Dhingra to hold annual small business roundtable

Sen. Dhingra to hold annual small business roundtable

REDMOND – Sen. Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond) will host a second annual roundtable discussion on reducing barriers to success for small business. “Last year, we had a terrific meeting with lots of ideas and input from new entrepreneurs,” said Dhingra. “This year, we’ll build on that success and focus on helping small businesses weather the COVID-19 pandemic—and what public and private resources ...

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Dhingra criticizes Republican refusal to extend emergency domestic violence protections

Dhingra criticizes Republican refusal to extend emergency domestic violence protections

“These measures are not about convenience; they are about saving lives” REDMOND — Senate Deputy Majority Leader Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond) issued the following statement after Senate Republican leadership declined to sign off on the Governor’s request to extend emergency protections for survivors of domestic violence:

“I am shocked that my Republican colleagues in the Legislature are playing politics with the lives of ...

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Dhingra appointed to Senate bipartisan COVID-19 recovery committee

Dhingra appointed to Senate bipartisan COVID-19 recovery committee

Senate Deputy Majority Leader Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond) was appointed to a newly formed bipartisan Special Committee on Economic Recovery in the Washington State Senate to address the state’s long-term economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The committee will hold its first meeting in June and is tasked with making recommendations on COVID-19 recovery legislation in advance of the 2021 legislative session, ...

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Senate passes nation’s first statewide Office of Equity

Senate passes nation’s first statewide Office of Equity

From the Suburban Times On Wednesday, March 5, the Washington state Senate passed House Bill 1783 to reduce systemic disparities in Washington state government. The bill would establish the nation’s first statewide Office of Equity within the Governor’s Office. “This is about bringing equality for all to every community in Washington,” said Rep. Mia ...

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Legislature approves law to create office focused on reducing gun violence

Legislature approves law to create office focused on reducing gun violence

From the Spokesman-Review Washington likely will be the first state to create an office focused on reducing firearm violence through data analysis and a grant program to help communities and Indian tribes. “We don’t need to wait until shots have been fired,” said Sen. Manka Dhingra, D-Redmond, in a statement. “We need to intervene to prevent violence before it happens.” The ...

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Dhingra bill will reform state’s Involuntary Treatment Act

Dhingra bill will reform state’s Involuntary Treatment Act

An overwhelming bipartisan majority in the House passed Senate Bill 5720 on a 95-2 vote Thursday, reforming Washington’s Involuntary Treatment Act to put medical care first when people with behavioral health problems pose a danger to themselves or others. “The bill updates civil commitment procedures and removes barriers to people getting the help they need,” said Sen. Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond), ...

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