District News & Press Releases

SB 1303 Requires that Autopsies be Conducted by Medical Experts

February 21, 2018

SACRAMENTO –Dr. Richard pan has introduced SB 1303 to ensure autopsies are conducted only by licensed physicians and forensic autopsy reports are accurate and unbiased.

“I have introduced SB 1303 because autopsy reports provide critical information in determining the cause and manner of death and we must have the confidence in their accuracy,” said Dr. Pan, a pediatrician and Senator representing the Sacramento region. “The public and juries need to trust that they will receive accurate and objective information to make the correct verdict on a criminal case.”

December 12, 2017

Sacramento, CA – Dr. Richard Pan, who broke a long-standing barrier himself when he was elected as the first Asian American State Senator to represent the Sacramento region, made the following statement on the passing of Ed Lee, a pioneer in the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community:


October 18, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Senate Bill 536, a measure authored by Dr. Richard Pan, to give researchers access to data needed to comprehensively examine firearm violence was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.

“The Legislature established the University of California’s Firearm Violence Research Center last year, but they need access to raw data to adequately conduct their research,” said Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and state senator representing the Sacramento region.  “SB 536 will provide data so academic researchers can evaluate the effectiveness of policy interventions so that we can better prevent gun deaths.”

SB 536 directs the California Department of Justice to provide information on gun violence restraining orders (GVRO) to researchers affiliated with the University of California’s Firearm Violence Research Center and nonprofit educational institutions or public agencies, upon DOJ approval.