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Graham Van Niman serves as Senate page

Graham Van Niman serves as Senate page

Graham Van Niman, 15, served as a page in the Washington State Senate during the week of February 7th. Pages are typically sponsored by the senator from their legislative district. Sen. Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond) sponsored Graham’s week in the Legislature. The page program offers a hands-on opportunity for students to find out how state government works. The interactive learning experience includes classes ...

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Senate passes Dhingra bill to help sexual assault survivors

Senate passes Dhingra bill to help sexual assault survivors

OLYMPIA — A bill passed unanimously today by the Senate would improve the state's medical and legal response in sexual assault cases. Senate Bill 6158, sponsored by Sen. Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond), creates a task force to develop model protocols for hospitals and clinics across the state that would ensure a coordinated community response for sexual assault survivors. "Sexual assault does more ...

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Waylon Menzia serves as page in Washington State Senate

Waylon Menzia serves as page in Washington State Senate

OLYMPIA – Waylon Menzia, 14, served as a page in the Washington State Senate during the week of January 24. Pages are typically sponsored by the senator from their legislative district. Sen. Mona Das (D-Kent) sponsored Menzia’s week in the Legislature. The page program offers a hands-on opportunity for students to find out how state government works. The interactive learning experience includes ...

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Andrew Davenport serves as page in Washington State Senate

Andrew Davenport serves as page in Washington State Senate

OLYMPIA – Andrew Davenport, 15, served as a page in the Washington State Senate during the week of January 17. Pages are typically sponsored by the senator from their legislative district. Sen. Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond) sponsored Davenport’s week in the Legislature. The page program offers a hands-on opportunity for students to find out how state government works. The interactive learning experience includes ...

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Dhingra named NAMI-WA Behavioral Health Champion for 2019

Dhingra named NAMI-WA Behavioral Health Champion for 2019

OLYMPIA – Sen. Manka Dhingra was recognized by the Washington branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI WA) for her work as chair of the Senate’s Behavioral Health Subcommittee and for her commitment to improving the entirety of Washington’s behavioral health system.

Because of her work, the Redmond lawmaker was selected as one of NAMI WA’s 2019 ...

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Dhingra: “Today we will be giving survivors of sexually violent crimes the closure they deserve.”

Dhingra: “Today we will be giving survivors of sexually violent crimes the closure they deserve.”

Legislation to remove the state’s statute of limitation for certain sexual crimes against minors passed off the House floor today.  

“Childhood survivors sexual crimes have worked for years to change our state’s statute of limitations law, I am so proud that we worked together to get this bill done,” said Sen. Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond), sponsor of ...

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Trueblood lawsuit agreement bill heads to Governor’s desk for signature

Trueblood lawsuit agreement bill heads to Governor’s desk for signature

The legislature passes a bill to support outpatient competency restoration services guaranteed to individuals in the Trueblood settlement agreement, a move which signals reforms to Washington’s behavioral healthcare system.

“This bill is about reforming how our state treats individuals with mental illness as they interact the criminal justice system,” said Senator Manka Dhingra (D – Redmond), sponsor ...

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Dhingra: “We are reshaping how we treat behavioral health through historic investments.”

Dhingra: “We are reshaping how we treat behavioral health through historic investments.”

Senator Dhingra released the following statement on the 2019 capital and operating budgets:

“ Budgets are values statements, and the behavioral health investments made this year sends a clear and strong message to Washingtonians that lawmakers will address the behavioral health needs of people around the state. We are shifting how we talk ...

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Dhingra bill to provide property tax relief for seniors and veterans passes out of the Legislature, heads to Governor’s desk for signature

Dhingra bill to provide property tax relief for seniors and veterans passes out of the Legislature, heads to Governor’s desk for signature

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — April 28, 2019

Dhingra bill to provide property tax relief for seniors and veterans passes out of the Legislature, heads to Governor’s desk for signature

OLYMPIA – The Legislature today passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond) to provide property tax relief to those who can least afford an increase — senior ...

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Legislation expanding options for adolescent behavioral healthcare access passed off the Senate floor today.

Legislation expanding options for adolescent behavioral healthcare access passed off the Senate floor today.

OLYMPIA – Legislation recommended by the state’s Children's Mental Health Work Group passed off the Senate floor today. House Bill 1874 expands family-accessed treatment provisions for adolescents throughout the state.

“This legislation will help address the behavioral health needs of youth across our state. We are shifting how we talk about and treat behavioral health disorders,” said Sen. Manka Dhingra ...

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