News Releases


Stay Informed!
Please enter your email address below to sign up for my news release distribution list.

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 ...

Read More
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 ...

Read More
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, ...

Read More
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 ...

Read More
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 ...

Read More
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), ...

Read More
Dhingra bill to create first-in-nation firearm violence prevention office

Dhingra bill to create first-in-nation firearm violence prevention office

House passage of Senate Bill 6288 today will make Washington the first state in the nation with a dedicated office to collect statewide data on firearm violence, make the data available for public health research, and fund innovative prevention programs in local communities. “This bill is about understanding where violence occurs in our communities and how we can address it.,” ...

Read More
Washington State Senate Passes Resolution Honoring Sikh Americans

Washington State Senate Passes Resolution Honoring Sikh Americans

From India-West The office of state Sen. Manka Dhingra of Washington state announced that Dhingra and fellow state Sen. Mona Das were among legislators in the Pacific Northwest state that passed a resolution honoring Sikh Americans.

Dhingra, D-Redmond, Das, D-Kent, and others sponsored Senate Resolution 8696A resolution, which passed Feb. 28.
The resolution honors the contributions of ...

Read More
State House passes legislation for survivors of child sex trafficking

State House passes legislation for survivors of child sex trafficking

From the Kent Reporter The state House in Olympia passed ‘Safe Harbor’ legislation (House Bill 1775) to better help child survivors of sex trafficking. “Children cannot consent to sex. They are victims of serious crimes,” said prime sponsor Rep. Tina Orwall, D-Des Moines, in a Washington House Democrats news release. “Traffickers target the most vulnerable, which ...

Read More
Senate passes Dhingra bill to establish first-in-the-nation firearm violence prevention office

Senate passes Dhingra bill to establish first-in-the-nation firearm violence prevention office

Today, the Senate passed legislation to collect statewide data on firearm violence and fund innovative prevention programs in local communities. Senate Bill 6288 would establish the first-in-the-nation Washington Office of Firearm Safety and Violence Prevention, which would work with law enforcement agencies and others to collect and centralize data on firearm violence, including suicide. In addition, the office would administer the ...

Read More
1 2 3 4 5 6