District News & Press Releases

April 11, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA –Senate Bill 1303 to require autopsies be conducted by medical experts to ensure they are accurate and unbiased passed the Senate Governance & Finance Committee today.

“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.”

March 27, 2018

SACRAMENTO—Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins and Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), chair of the Senate Select Committee on the Census, issued the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s decision to include a citizenship question on the 2020 United States Census:

“The Trump administration’s decision to ask residents about citizenship in the 2020 Census will make that census less accurate, result in federal funding cuts to services for Californians and inequitable electoral representation for a decade.”

Silver Diamine Fluoride is a Cost-Effective and Non-Evasive Method to Help Stop Tooth Decay While Protecting California’s Youngest Dental Patients

March 7, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and state senator representing the Sacramento region, has introduced Senate Bill 1148, allowing dentists who provide care in the Medi-Cal dental program to use silver diamine fluoride (SDF) as a treatment option for dental decay. SDF is an FDA-approved liquid that can be applied to teeth to control dental decay and prevent further progression of the disease.