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Stay in touch during interim!

Stay in touch during interim!

Dear neighbors, Serving the people of the 45th District is truly one of the great honors of my lifetime, and I will be continuing to work on the issues that matter to us. For the next few months, though, election year restrictions on official communications kick in. I will not be able to send official e-newsletters or update my legislative website ...

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Dhingra awarded American Psychiatric Association’s highest honor

Dhingra awarded American Psychiatric Association’s highest honor

OLYMPIA – The American Psychiatric Association has awarded Sen. Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond) the Jacob K. Javits Public Service Award, the highest honor it confers upon public servants. “Over the past five years, we have had a tremendous number of people come together in our state to transform our behavioral health system,” said Dhingra, who served as the first chair of the ...

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Senate passes transportation package that would better connect Eastside

Senate passes transportation package that would better connect Eastside

OLYMPIA – Residents on the east side of Lake Washington would see major improvements to their transportation infrastructure because of legislation passed by the Senate today. “Whether we live in Bothell or Bellevue, Redmond or Renton, we are all interconnected in the fastest growing part of our state,” said Sen. Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond). “To maintain our dynamic economy and our ...

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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 on Thursday passed a resolution honoring the contributions of Sikh Americans to the culture and history of Washington state and the United States. The measure was sponsored by Sen. Mona Das (D-Kent), who spoke about Sikh culture and recognized the service of Sikhs holding elected office in Washington: Whatcom County Executive Satpal Singh ...

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An American first: Muslim, Hindu, Sikh legislators serve together in WA Senate

An American first: Muslim, Hindu, Sikh legislators serve together in WA Senate

OLYMPIA – It has been a week of firsts in the Washington State Legislature. The swearing in of Sen. Yasmin Trudeau (D-Tacoma) on Monday, joining Sen. Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond) and Sen. Mona Das (D-Kent), marked the first time in American history that Muslim, Sikh and Hindu lawmakers have served together in any state or federal legislative body. Tuesday saw ...

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Bill would protect domestic violence survivors from coercive abuse

Bill would protect domestic violence survivors from coercive abuse

OLYMPIA – Survivors of domestic violence in Washington state could be protected against severe emotional abuse through the civil protection order system through the passage of legislation sponsored by Sen. Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond) and Rep. Roger Goodman (D-Kirkland). SB 5845 and its companion HB 1901 would allow victims to file for protection against coercive control, which is ...

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Bill would boost community-based treatment for severe behavioral health issues

Bill would boost community-based treatment for severe behavioral health issues

OLYMPIA – Washingtonians with serious behavioral health issues that pose a threat to themselves or others would have better access to treatment in the community without hospitalization, under legislation proposed by Sen. Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond) and Rep. Jamila Taylor (D-Federal Way). SB 5645 (HB 1773) sets out conditions under which a court can direct people with a ...

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Dhingra voted chair of Senate Law & Justice Committee

Dhingra voted chair of Senate Law & Justice Committee

REDMONDSen. Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond) has been chosen to chair the Senate Law & Justice Committee. “I’m honored to have the trust of my colleagues to lead our efforts to ensure the effective and equitable administration of justice in our state’s court system,” said Dhingra, who previously served as vice chair of the committee. During Dhingra’s tenure as vice chair, ...

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Dhingra’s domestic violence town hall previews potential legislation

Dhingra’s domestic violence town hall previews potential legislation

REDMOND – Sen. Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond) on Wednesday hosted a virtual town hall on solutions for domestic violence survivors. The discussion featured special guest experts Grace Huang, Director of Policy, Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence; Riddhi Mukhopadhyay, Executive Director, Sexual Violence Law Center; and Sandra Shanahan, Program Manager, King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office - Regional Domestic Violence Firearms Enforcement ...

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Dhingra to host third annual small business roundtable

Dhingra to host third annual small business roundtable

REDMOND – Sen. Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond) will host a third annual roundtable discussion on reducing barriers to success for small business. “Each year, we have had terrific discussions 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 recover from the pandemic—and what public and private resources ...

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