Monthly Archives: April 2019

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

April 28th, 2019|

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 citizens, persons with disabilities, and veterans who reside in areas with a high cost of living.

“Affordability is a huge problem in the 45th Legislative District and surrounding communities,” Dhingra said. “Seniors and people on fixed incomes, many of whom have called the 45th home for decades, are being priced out of their homes.”

Under current law, the senior property tax exemption is calculated based on statewide income thresholds that do not account for the different cost of living in different counties. Senate Bill 5160 will base eligibility instead on each county’s median household income. The bill also adjusts the disability rating qualification for the disabled veterans property tax exemption program to 80 percent.

“Current exemptions do not account for regional differences,” Dhingra said. “This bill fixes that.”

SB 5160 passed out of the House and Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support. It now heads to Gov. Inslee’s desk for signature.

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For more information: Bre Weider (360) 786-7326

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Legislation expanding options for adolescent behavioral healthcare access passed off the Senate floor today.

April 15th, 2019|

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 (D-Redmond), chair of the Senate Behavioral Health Subcommittee. “By centering families in the treatment process, we will be removing barriers to access and eliminating stigma,” Dhingra continued. 

HB 1874 expands family-initiated treatment provisions for outpatient treatment to specify that a parent may access up to 12 outpatient sessions for an adolescent with a specific professional within a three-month period. Partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient treatment would also be authorized if recommended by a professional. The legislation also makes technical amendments to clarify the definition of parent for family-initiated treatment and defines language related to the privacy of a minor’s mental health information.

“This bill is about striking a balance where we get young people the treatment they need while keeping families involved as much as possible,” Dhingra said. “Our youth are hurting; it is the responsibility of the adults in the room to get them the care they need. I am focused on moving Washington to integrated behavioral health models where we holistically treat people. This legislation is key to that kind of systemic change.”

Since HB 1874 was amended on the Senate floor, it now must go back to the House for concurrence.  

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For information:    Bre Weider, Senate Democratic Communications, 360-786-7326

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dhingra: “Today we line up the science of how people experience and process trauma, with our legal system of prosecuting some of our most heinous crimes.”

April 12th, 2019|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dhingra: “Today we line up the science of how people experience and process trauma, with our legal system of prosecuting some of our most heinous crimes.”  

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

“Survivors of sexual violence have worked for years to change our state’s statute of limitations law, I am so proud that after years of hard work, we were finally able to get this bill passed,” said Sen. Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond), sponsor of the legislation. “SB 5649 strikes a good balance of aligning how victims process trauma while holding offenders accountable” Dhingra continued. 

“As a prosecutor, I have seen first-hand the long-lasting impact these crimes have on victims. One of the worst feelings in the world is having someone confide in you that they were sexually assaulted and then telling them the law prevents them from getting justice.”

“It often takes years for victims of sexual abuse to even acknowledge what has happened to them. We know that the long term psychological effects of sexual abuse can be devastating on victims. This bill says the state is taking this crime seriously and values the voices of survivors.”

SB 5649 would eliminate the statute of limitation for those crimes that involve the most vulnerable in our society; our children. It also extends the statutes of limitations for several sex offenses in order to hold the true violent predators accountable. It would also, remove the requirement that the victim clearly express their lack of consent by words or conduct to prove rape.

“Our criminal justice system puts a unique burden on victims of these crimes that is not placed on any other victim. This bill puts a stop to that.”

Having passed both the House and Senate, SB 5649 heads to the Governor’s desk for signature.

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For information:    Bre Weider, Senate Democratic Communications, 360-786-7326

Sen. Manka Dhingra’s Legislative Update – 3/29/19

April 1st, 2019|