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Dhingra to join march for women’s safety in the workplace in response to courthouse rape attempt

Dhingra to join march for women’s safety in the workplace in response to courthouse rape attempt

The attempted rape in a women’s room at the King County courthouse on Thursday is the culmination of a pattern of gender-based violence that has revealed the urgent need for improved safety precautions. Women employees of King County and supporters will hold a march this Friday at noon at the King County Administration Building in solidarity with those who have been ...

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Dhingra & Pedersen: Police have a responsibility to show up and help people in crisis

Dhingra & Pedersen: Police have a responsibility to show up and help people in crisis

Sen. Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond), chair of the Senate Behavioral Health Subcommittee and vice chair of the Senate Law & Justice Committee, and Sen. Jamie Pedersen (D-Seattle), chair of the Senate Law & Justice Committee, today released the following statement on the implementation of HB 1310, which goes into effect on Sunday, July 25:

"The public outcry over a ...

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Nation-leading police accountability bills signed into law

Nation-leading police accountability bills signed into law

OLYMPIA – A package of law enforcement accountability legislation was signed by Gov. Jay Inslee today, increasing state oversight of police conduct, banning dangerous and unnecessary police practices, and raising standards for police conduct. “The public outcry over a series of high-profile deaths of members of Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities has now led to the most significant new accountability ...

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Governor signs bills to help survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault

Governor signs bills to help survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault

OLYMPIA – Survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault will gain crucial protections and supports, and abusers will be held more accountable, under legislation signed into law by the governor. “This year, we made our justice system more responsive to the trauma of survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence,” said Sen. Manka Dhingra, chair of the Senate Behavioral Health ...

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Change in law provides treatment for controlled substances

Change in law provides treatment for controlled substances

OLYMPIA – Washington will extend its public-health approach to substance use disorder by establishing a temporary new legal framework the possession of controlled substances and providing nearly $90 million to significantly expand treatment infrastructure, under a bill passed today by the Legislature. In a Feb. 25 decision in the case of State v. Blake, the Washington State Supreme Court struck down ...

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Dhingra: Shooting shows need for action to stop gun violence

Dhingra: Shooting shows need for action to stop gun violence

REDMOND – Today Sen. Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond) released this statement regarding the shooting at FedEx in Indiana:

“My deepest condolences go out to the families of everyone killed in this senseless shooting. Every loss of life is a tragedy. My heart goes out especially to the Sikh community of Indianapolis, which was so deeply hurt by the loss of four beloved ...

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Dhingra: Bill no longer reflects a treatment-first approach

Dhingra: Bill no longer reflects a treatment-first approach

OLYMPIA – Upon voting against her own bill, SB 5476, after an amendment was adopted that fundamentally altered it, Sen. Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond) today released this statement:

“After the Washington State Supreme Court struck down the statute concerning controlled substances, I asked two key questions before drafting legislation in response. “First, does the state need to act? The answer was and ...

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Dhingra proposes treatment-focused legal framework for controlled substances

Dhingra proposes treatment-focused legal framework for controlled substances

OLYMPIA – Washington would extend its public-health approach to substance use disorder by establishing a new legal framework for the possession of controlled substances, under a bill introduced today by Sen. Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond). In a Feb. 25 decision in the case of State v. Blake, the Washington State Supreme Court struck down the state statute that made possession of controlled ...

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Dhingra, Springer, Goodman to hold virtual town hall March 17

Dhingra, Springer, Goodman to hold virtual town hall March 17

Please join your lawmakers from the 45th District for a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 17. This is their chance to hear from you as well as update you on their work in Olympia on your behalf. The 45th District includes all or parts of Woodinville, Redmond, Kirkland, Sammamish, and Duvall. WHO: Sen. Manka Dhingra, Rep. Larry ...

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Senate passes Dhingra bill to break cycle of poverty

Senate passes Dhingra bill to break cycle of poverty

OLYMPIA – Washingtonians caught in the cycle of intergenerational poverty would have greater hope for a pathway to self-sufficiency, under a bill passed by an overwhelming bipartisan majority of the Senate today. “This bill is about changing the manner in which we think about helping people,” said Sen. Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond), the bill’s sponsor. “State aid should not merely be ...

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