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E-news – Another COVID-19 Update and More Resources for Our Neighbors

May 4th, 2020|

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    Dear friends and neighbors,

    How are you holding up? This has been a tough month for our state (and for the world!). If you or your loved ones have fallen sick, or lost a job, or can’t access the services you typically rely on, know that my heart is with you and I stand alongside you ready to help as your state senator however I can.

    My last e-newsletter was a list of resources and some updates about coronavirus in our state, and since a lot has changed, I want to again focus exclusively on helpful information that may be useful to you and your family as we endure this public health crisis together.

    But even in the face of illness, economic collapse, and worldwide uncertainty, I have seen so many beautiful acts of kindness and service in our community, in our state, and across the globe. I hope that this difficult time has also proven to be a time of family and friendship – even across distances.

    In gratitude,

    Mona

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    Resources for unemployed workers:

    We are seeing record levels of unemployment in our state – and all over the country – but we are also seeing federal and state governments offering historic levels of assistance to those in need.

    Our state Employment Security Department (ESD) is being inundated with requests for help, and they are doing their very best to add capacity and get help to every single Washingtonian. I know waiting is both frustrating and scary, but please be patient and try to opt for contacting ESD online rather than by phone, as is recommended in the following list of resources.

    Navigating ESD During COVID-19:

    ESD is experiencing an increase in calls due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak. To better assist you and your case, please start with this website first if it is accessible to you. ESD can also be reached at 888-836-1900; people who are deaf or hard of hearing can call the Washington Relay Service at 711.

    Applying for Unemployment:

    1. Apply online if you can and read the helpful information on ESD’s website before you apply.
    2. In particular, review the unemployment application checklist.

    Recent Changes to Unemployment Insurance:

    To make Unemployment Insurance as widely available as possible, ESD has been working in conjunction with Gov. Inslee to make the following changes:

    • Allowing more workers to access standby status for longer periods.
    • Making job search requirements optional.
    • Lowering the tax impact to businesses who use ESD programs.
    • Waiving the traditional waiting week.
    • Relaxing penalties and fees for employers and workers who miss deadlines due to the COVID crisis.

    Additional tools:

    Federal Stimulus Information from ESD:

    Here are three ways that benefits and access to unemployment have been expanded:

    1. Many people who don’t usually qualify for unemployment benefits because they are self-employed or don’t have the typically required 680 hours will be covered under this legislation.
    2. An additional $600 each week will be paid to those on unemployment, for up to four months. (Some individuals will also receive $1,200, but that is not connected to unemployment and will come directly from the federal government).
    3. Unemployment benefits will be available for longer, up to 39 weeks (usually it is up to 26 weeks).

    I hope you find this information helpful. While we practice social-distancing, it’s also important we stay connected and informed. Sign up for ESD’s COVID-19 action alerts for the most up-to-date information and changes.

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    Resources for businesses:

    Paycheck Protection Program

    The federal government has funded the Paycheck Protection Program with $349 billion intended to help organizations keep employees on payroll between now and the end of June 2020.

    Applications can be filed starting April 3 and funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, so it’s important to get your application in early.

    The program is for any small business with less than 500 employees (including sole proprietorships, independent contractors and self-employed persons), private non-profit organization or 501(c)(19) veterans organization affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Some businesses with more than 500 employees may also be eligible.

    Learn more about the program and how to apply at https://www.sba.gov/ppp.

    State and Federal Resources for Small Businesses

    Visit the following links for more information about resources and programs to provide relief to small business owners:

    July 16, 2019

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    PO Box 40447
    Olympia, WA 98504-0403

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E-news – A COVID-19 Update and Community Resources

March 30th, 2020|

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Dear friends and neighbors,

I stand with you and your families as we all endure this unprecedented public health crisis together. Even in the midst of uncertainty, worry, and grief for those who have been affected by the coronavirus, I have seen such heartening examples of community and connectedness from Washingtonians and it has given me so much hope!

I want this newsletter to be a helpful update about what local and state resources are available to you during this time, and give you a brief overview of what we accomplished during the 2020 legislative session that has best prepared our state to weather this emergency together.

My thoughts are with you! I hope you’re able to stay home and stay healthy. And if you’re not staying home because you’re an essential worker on the front lines of this fight against the virus, helping keep our supply chains humming, maintaining our buildings, or providing health care and other critical services for our communities – thank you, thank you, thank you!

In gratitude,

Mona

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News from the local and state level

I’ve been so proud of the strong show of support and care that our local governments have demonstrated as we respond to this crisis together. You can find resources from the city of Auburn, the city of Kent, the city of Covington, the city of Renton, and King County on their respective websites.

At the state level, my House and Senate colleagues and I worked hard and worked fast to pass HB 2965, appropriating funding to address the coronavirus crisis. Our mission was to ensure that immediate and future needs can be met and that our state and local health departments have the full resources they need to respond to the pandemic.

We provided $200 million to:

  • support monitoring, testing and local public health response;
  • expand unemployment insurance for people who are quarantined;
  • increase access to health care coverage by opening enrollment for anyone who does not currently have health insurance;
  • mitigate catastrophic losses at local businesses, for employees as well as employers.

We also took action to:

  • ensure that people receiving unemployment insurance can continue to do so even if they cannot meet the work search requirements due to quarantine;
  • support businesses that rehire employees who had to go on unemployment insurance because of the coronavirus emergency;
  • reimburse nursing homes that aid in the coronavirus response; and
  • allow school employees to maintain health insurance eligibility for the rest of the school year even if they come up short of required work hours due to this emergency.

For a full, comprehensive list of all the available resources from state agencies that have announced measures to help people and businesses, head to the governor’s central list of resources here.

Other actions:

  • I’ve heard from many local businesses in our district worried about eligibility for Small Business Association loans related to coronavirus. Fortunately, the SBA has revised their criteria, so more folks should be eligible! This link spells out the process for disaster assistance through the SBA.
  • If an employer temporarily shuts down operations because of coronavirus, workers may be eligible for unemployment benefits and the employer may receive relief of benefit costs.
  • If workers are exposed to coronavirus and asked to isolate or quarantine by a doctor or health official, they may receive unemployment benefits while they are temporarily away from work. A bill passed recently by the Legislature waives the requirement that people in this situation must be actively searching for work.
  • In response to the spread of coronavirus, the Washington Health Benefit Exchange has opened a special enrollment period for health insurance through April 8. You can call 1-855-923-4633 between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • The Insurance Commissioner has required all insurance plans to cover coronavirus tests with no cost-sharing and no prior authorization requirement for people who meet the CDC criteria for testing.
  • He has also required insurance plans to allow enrollees to refill their prescriptions early one time in order to maintain an adequate supply.
  • You can find more updates from the Insurance Commissioner at this link.
  • Many public and private schools have been ordered closed for the duration. You can find more detailed information from the Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction here.
  • If you have symptoms and do not have a doctor to call, you can call the state Department of Health call center at 800-525-0127.

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Other 2020 legislative accomplishments

One of the reasons I focus on the key issues our community cares about – like housing access and affordability, economic fairness, and environmental sustainability to name a few – is so that every single Washington family is as well-equipped as possible for unexpected emergencies just like the one we’re in.

That’s why I’m so proud to say that some of my priority policies passed this session, and several have already been signed by the governor! These included:

  • My Natural Disaster Mitigation bill, creating a work group to study and make recommendations on
    natural disaster mitigation and resiliency activities
  • The Reusable Bag Act, helping us reduce our single-use plastic consumption and keep our marine habitats and recycling systems clean
  • My affordable housing financing bill, expanding the use ability of local jurisdictions to use their “affordable housing property tax levy” to help low-income families access homeownership and support through foreclosure prevention programs
  • The “companion bill” to my greenhouse gas emissions bill, updating our state’s greenhouse gas emission limits for consistency with the most recent assessment of climate change science
  • Rep. Fitzgibbon’s bill to help cities increase their capacity to build housing, in which I worked hard to include development of “missing middle” housing (like duplexes, triplexes, and sixplexes) so that more affordable housing becomes more widely available

These are just a few highlights from a successful short session! I’m looking forward to continuing to build upon this good work in the months to come.

A few more COVID-19 resources:

The following websites and social media channels are great sources of information about the coronavirus as things unfold. I encourage you to check these out, and to share these with friends and neighbors. Let’s spread kindness and caring and factual information, and if you can, #StayHome! If you can’t, stay six feet away from other people and wash your hands well and often!

July 16, 2019

Contact Us

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(253) 395-0867

Email:

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Mailing Address:

Sen. Mona Das
PO Box 40447
Olympia, WA 98504-0403

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E-news – Important COVID-19 Update

March 5th, 2020|

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Dear friends and neighbors,

Washington State is experiencing an increase in cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and it is anticipated that the virus will continue to spread. My heartfelt condolences go out to the families who have been affected by this illness. I am thinking of you!

I want to assure you that health officials are working rapidly to identify and test people who may have been exposed. Public health officials in our state have experience responding to pandemics and are working with state and county health officials to share information, deploy resources, and respond at maximum capacity.

I wanted to reach out to my community with an update about what the legislature is doing to support our neighbors, and pass along some important information about how to stay well.

In gratitude,

Mona

In the Legislature, my colleagues and I in the House and Senate just passed bills to allocate up to $100 million to get state agencies and local governments the necessary funding to respond to COVID-19.  It also will give the Department of Social and Health Services funding to increase nursing staff to help address this growing need. We’ll continue to work with DOH, DSHS, and other state agencies to identify what the Legislature can do to ensure we have the necessary resources.

We are all in this together. Please make sure to follow the DOH recommendations to keep yourself healthy and keep up on latest information via the social media channels above.

These are the recommendations from the Washington State Department of Health:

  • Wash your hands often and avoid touching your face.
  • Stay home when you’re sick.
  • If you are sick and wondering what to do, call your healthcare provider or the Department of Health (1-800-525-0127) before you go to a clinic or emergency room.
  • Get prepared in case of a COVID-19 outbreak in your community. We have resources at https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus#beprepared.

If you have questions, you can call the Washington State Department of Health at 1-800-525-0127 and press #.

You can also stay up to date by following them online at the various websites and social media channels below:

Website: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WADeptHealth

King Country Department of Public Health: www.kingcounty.gov/covid

July 16, 2019

Contact Us

Olympia Office:

(360) 786-7692

Kent Office:

(253) 395-0867

Email:

Mona.Das@leg.wa.gov

Mailing Address:

Sen. Mona Das
PO Box 40447
Olympia, WA 98504-0403

Facebook

Go to

Facebook.com/SenatorMonaDas

to get frequent updates about the work I’m doing for Washington.

My Committees

Housing Stability & Affordability
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Financial Institutions, Economic Development & Trade

Environment, Energy & Technology

Transportation

E-news – Keeping Washington healthy

December 2nd, 2019|

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

It’s been a busy interim! I have absolutely loved getting to spend time with my neighbors in Kent, Auburn, and Covington, and have even gotten to travel the state for an in-depth look at issues that all Washingtonians prioritize.

One of the things I heard most consistently was a concern about health care. Though I do not sit on the Health and Long Term Care Committee, I want to take this opportunity to tell you about what my colleagues at the legislature did to address health care concerns last session, and what we plan to continue working on.

My colleagues and I worked to ensure people have affordable health coverage by protecting and maintaining coverage against federal rollback actions and by focusing on health insurance premiums, deductibles, prescription drug pricing, surprise medical bills and universal health care.

We also worked to address the increasing long-term care needs of our aging population, and we fought for equitable health care access and opportunity for all, with a focus on providing care for communities that have historically been overlooked, including children with mental health needs, LGBTQ individuals, immigrants and Native Americans.

I supported all of these measures when they came to the Senate floor, because I believe that we all deserve to be healthy. We all deserve affordable health care. And we all deserve to be advocated for by our legislators – and that’s why I’m here.

In gratitude,

Mona

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Health Care Equity

Our state has a lot to be proud of in our history of expanding health care, but there are still barriers to care for our vulnerable neighbors like Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, undocumented immigrants, students, and transgender and gender non-conforming communities. This year, we made progress tearing down some of the worst of those barriers.

  • SB 5602 prohibits providers that deliver services purchased by the Health Care Authority from discriminating based on a person’s gender identity or expression. Health plans may not issue automatic coverage denials for reproductive health services based on a person’s assigned gender or gender identity. They must provide coverage for certain health care services like condoms, well-person preventive visits, prenatal vitamins, and breast pumps. The Bree Collaborative will write guidelines for sexual reproductive health services for people of color, immigrants and refugees, victims and survivors of violence, and people with disabilities.
  • SB 5415 creates the governor’s Indian Health Advisory Council to adopt the biennial Indian Health Improvement Advisory Plan, and establishes the Indian Health Improvement Reinvestment Account to fund programs and activities identified in the Advisory Plan with funds from new savings from federal reimbursement changes.
  • SB 5274 creates a dental care program for Washington residents who are citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau.
  • SB 5425 extends the Maternal Mortality Review Panel, permits patient mental health service records be disclosed to the Secretary of Health for the purposes of the Review Panel, and requires counties that provide autopsies for use by the Review Panel be reimbursed by the state’s Death Investigations Account at 100% of cost.

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This year, the Legislature took action to address the harmful impact tobacco products are having on our kids. HB 1074 prohibited the sale of cigarettes, tobacco products and vapor products to persons under the age of 21. Over 30 years ago, it was discovered that Marlboro’s key market was young adults aged 17 to 21. Seventeen year olds cannot even legally purchase cigarettes, but Marlboro was targeting them anyway. Now, in 2019, they’re finding even more alarming ways to target our children. We’re seeing vape pens flooding high schools. We decided to address this. By increasing the age to purchase for tobacco and nicotine products, we will save countless lives and continue the legacy of encouraging public health by interrupting the cycle of addiction.

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Health Insurance and Access

We addressed Washingtonians’ most frequently voiced area of concern by making changes that will immediately improve health care and also make our system better in the long term. First, we protected several essential benefits provided through the ACA. Families in Washington need no longer fear the threat of losing coverage due to a pre-existing condition, or because they reach a lifetime spending cap. Second, we strengthened consumer protections by protecting patients from surprise billing — being billed extra for medical care from an out-of-network provider. Finally, our budget funds a study involving all relevant stakeholders to lay out a clear, step-by-step path on how to implement a universal health care system in our state.

  • SB 5526 requires the Health Care Authority to contract with a health carrier to offer qualified health plans, also known as a public option. It requires the Health Benefit Exchange to develop standardized health plans and to develop a plan to implement and fund premium subsidies.
  • HB 1065 protects consumers from additional, unexpected hospital bills by establishing an arbitration process to settle “balance billing” disputes between health carriers and out-of-network providers and facilities that charge more.
  • HB 1870 codifies certain requirements of the Affordable Care Act, including prohibiting a health carrier from rejecting an applicant based on preexisting conditions or restricting annual and lifetime limits on essential health benefits, into state law.

Long-term Care

Washington took critical steps to prepare for an increasing aging population’s care, plus support for their families, when we passed the Long-term Care Insurance Act. We believe that no one should have to spend their way down into poverty just to be eligible for long-term care through Medicaid, which was the dire reality facing many.

Something I’ve heard concerns about recently are the increasingly common closures of nursing homes. I strongly agree with many of the concerns expressed that no community wants to see a nursing home close.

But one big reason nursing homes are seeing fewer clients is that seniors are more often choosing home care or less-intensive, more community-based facilities such as adult family homes. These community settings are more appealing to seniors and more cost-effective. In 2015 and 2016, at the request of senior groups, the legislature improved the way that home care nursing is reimbursed in order to make it easier for Washington’s seniors to age in place.

It’s good that seniors are able to choose the option they want, and I can assure you that I am committed to ensuring a full complement of care is available across our state.

Oct. 3, 2019

Contact Us

Olympia Office:

(360) 786-7692

Kent Office:

(253) 395-0867

Email:

Mona.Das@leg.wa.gov

Mailing Address:

Sen. Mona Das
PO Box 40447
Olympia, WA 98504-0403

Facebook

Go to

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to get frequent updates about the work I’m doing for Washington.

My Committees

Housing Stability & Affordability
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Financial Institutions, Economic Development & Trade

Environment, Energy & Technology

Transportation

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    Governor signs bill updating Washington Trust Institutions Act

Governor signs bill updating Washington Trust Institutions Act

May 14th, 2019|

Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill yesterday that updates the Washington Trust Institutions Act.

“It’s so important to provide trust beneficiaries with the protections they deserve. Senate bill sponsor Sen. Mona Das (D-Kent) of the 47th Legislative District said, “It’s also critical to have a modern regulatory environment if we are going to continue attracting new business to our state.”

“I am pleased with the passing of this legislation,” DFI Director of Banks Roberta Hollinshead said. “It introduces important protections for consumers who rely on trust companies operating in Washington State. It gives DFI the ability to intervene if other companies doing business with a trust institution act in a manner that may pose a threat to its consumers, and provides a clear process for liquidating a trust should that become necessary. It also provides clear, concise and comprehensive laws for existing and future trust company businesses providing services to consumers in Washington State. It is another step in the process of ensuring the laws governing financial service providers are modern and up to date.”

The following is a summary of changes the legislation puts in place:

  • Modernizes the definition for “doing business in Washington state,” which recognizes the increasing prominence of online and global business;
  • Clarifies who can obtain a trust company charter and the activities they can perform;
  • Defines third-party service providers as they relate to trust businesses and provides authority to the DFI to examine them under certain conditions;
  • Clearly defines prudential standards and corporate governance requirements for trust companies by which they will be examined for safety and soundness;
  • Incorporates a comprehensive approach to corrective action measures including supervisory direction, corrective action orders, and conservatorship; and
  • Amends and clarifies the procedures pertaining to life cycle events of a company including the chartering of a new business, voluntary and involuntary liquidation and changes in control of a trust company.

“This policy change is good for both consumers and businesses – a true win-win,” House bill sponsor Rep. Amy Walen (D-Olympia) of the 48th Legislative District added. “It is a recognition that doing business in Washington means something totally different today as so much business activity is done online without physical branches or locations.”

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    Governor signs Das bill to help organizations provide affordable housing

Governor signs Das bill to help organizations provide affordable housing

May 13th, 2019|

A bill signed today by Gov. Jay Inslee will help limit the costs of affordable housing by exempting self-help housing organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity, from the state’s real estate excise tax.

Senate Bill 5025, sponsored by Sen. Mona Das (D-Kent), would affect about 30 self-help housing organizations that operate throughout Washington. Annually, these organizations help produce 150 homes.

“We’ve all seen examples of these wonderful self-help programs making a difference in our communities, and we want that excellent work to continue,” Das said. “We have a growing homelessness crisis in our state. And while this bill won’t solve the whole problem, it will help hard-working people own their own homes and end the cycle of generational poverty.”

In this model, home buyers participate in the construction of their new homes. But in recent years, with the rising cost of land, materials and labor, these organizations have struggled to provide affordable housing for people in need.

“This is one of the most significant wins for affordable home ownership in the state of Washington in the last 20 years,” said Michone Preston, director of Habitat for Humanity of Washington State. “We look forward to putting this legislation to work and making the dream of affordable home ownership a reality for more members of our community.”

“We had a unique opportunity to empower non-profits who are helping working families realize their dream of home ownership this year and lawmakers acted,” said Rep. Mari Leavitt, who sponsored a similar bill in the state House of Representatives. “Exempting materials and third-party labor is an important tool to give more families the chance to own a home and I am grateful to Senator Das and the Legislature for passing this important measure.”

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    Bill prepping Washington for natural disasters signed by governor

Bill prepping Washington for natural disasters signed by governor

May 13th, 2019|

Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill today that will help Washington prepare for the inevitable: natural disasters.

Senate Bill 5106, sponsored by Sen. Mona Das (D-Kent), creates a work group to study and make recommendations regarding natural disaster resiliency activities. This work group would review how other states and the federal government prepare for natural disasters — in particular, the California Earthquake Authority.

“We’ve all heard that our next big earthquake, or ‘The Big One,’ is on the horizon,” said Das. “We must do everything we can to prepare, and make sure our state is resilient.”

The work group will consist of 24 members, from various state agencies, local public utility districts, tribes and stakeholders. A preliminary report from this group is due in November of 2019, and the final report is due in December of 2020.

The bill passed both the House and Senate unanimously.

“Washington state is prone to natural disasters including earthquakes, floods, landslides, and wildfires,” Das said. “We’ve seen an increase in these events because of climate change. We need to act now to ensure we’re fully prepared.”

Sen. Das featured in NW Asian Weekly

May 6th, 2019|

Sen. Mona Das was featured on May 3 in Northwest Asian Weekly. She told the publication about her dream of holding elected office, and how she made that dream a reality.

“We have those crazy dreams that come to us and sometimes we put those dreams on a shelf and sometimes we bring them down, dust them off, and take a look at them again. That was one of those dreams for me.”

Sen. Mona Das, Northwest Asian Weekly

You can find the whole article here.

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    Governor signs Das bill to protect consumers from inflated home values

Governor signs Das bill to protect consumers from inflated home values

April 20th, 2019|

Gov. Jay Inslee today signed a bill into law that will increase transparency in Washington’s appraisal management companies and ensure the state’s appraisal management program remains in compliance with federal regulations.

Senate Bill 5124 was first-year Sen. Mona Das’ first bill to be passed by the Senate on Jan. 30. The House of Representatives passed the bill April 11.

The measure draws upon Das’ experience in the mortgage industry, where appraisal management companies provide a buffer between lenders and appraisers, with the goal of preventing lenders from basing mortgages on inflated appraisal values.

“This bill is truly about protecting homebuyers,” Das said. “Inflated appraisal values are one of the causes of the housing bubble and the recession that sent our economy into freefall a decade ago. We must act now to prevent that from happening again.”

This bill specifically changes the license period for appraisal management companies from two years to one year, allowing the collection of a new federal fee in the year 2020. There are no increases to state fees as part of this process.

The bill also raises the standards for people who can have an ownership interest in appraisal management companies. No one who has had an appraiser license denied, cancelled or revoked in any jurisdiction may have an ownership interest in one of these companies.

“For the health of our economy, we must ensure that this industry receives proper oversight,” Das said. “The steps we take today will determine what our economy will look like in the years to come.”

Senate passes resolution honoring Sikh community

April 12th, 2019|

The Washington State Senate honored Washington’s Sikh communities Wednesday with a resolution sponsored by Sen. Mona Das (D-Kent).

In the United States, about 500,000 people identify as Sikh — and about 20,000 of those people live in the greater Seattle area. In a speech on the Senate floor, Das said she sponsored the resolution to promote “diversity, inclusion and kindness in Washington state.”

“Despite a long history of hate, fear and intolerance toward them, Sikhs have played a large and unforgettable role in shaping our state and our country,” Das said. “Our Sikh neighbors haven’t always been treated fairly in Washington state. In fact, 300 Sikhs were run out of Bellingham in 1907.”

As recently as 2017, a Sikh man was shot in his Kent driveway and told to go back to his own country.

The resolution also honored notable Sikhs in Washington state — including Kent Councilmember Satwinder Kaur and resolution cosponsor Sen. Manka Dhingra. Whatcom County Councilman Satpal Sidhu also attended the event.

“Sikh-Americans have made significant contributions to every aspect of American life, and I am proud that the Senate took the time to honor our community this week,” said Sen. Manka Dhingra. “There is more that brings us together than tears us apart — we must continue to uplift the voices of all the diverse populations in our state.”

“I would ask members of the Senate and all Washingtonians to use this resolution as a reminder to stop and reflect on the ways we can promote inclusion, diversity and kindness in our modern society — for Sikhs, certainly, but also for others,” Das said.