2016

SB 294 ensures that returning veterans know of their right to state pension credit for their periods of active military service.

SB 563 will increase transparency and accountability within the workers’ compensation review process by ensuring that there are no inappropriate incentives for doctors to modify, delay, or deny requests for medically necessary services.

SB 877 will require the State Department of Public Health to collect data on violent deaths so the state can better understand and prevent fatal violence in our communities. 

SB 947 removes barriers for needy families to participate in California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids program (CalWORKs) by allowing them to be interviewed on the phone or through electronic means in lieu of an in-person interview.

SB 977 protects California’s children from second-hand smoke by banning tobacco products within 250 feet of youth sporting events.

SB 1058 ensures that hospital police supervisors receive salary and benefits that are at least generally the economic equivalent to the salary and benefits granted to the employees they supervise—making it easier for state hospitals to recruit and retain qualified employees.

SB 1095 makes sure that all newborn babies are tested for rare diseases that would otherwise go undiagnosed and untreated by making sure that California follows the federal Recommended Uniform Screening Panel’s recommendations. This bill would save lives and allow for cost-effective medical treatment.

SB 1189 would require all autopsies to be conducted by a forensic pathologist. Additionally, if law enforcement personnel was directly involved with the care and custody of an individual who died in their care, then they will not be allowed inside the autopsy room during the performance of the autopsy.

SB 1238 would allow health care providers in state correctional facilities to publish and learn from medical data in order to provide higher quality health care for the more than 127,000 inmates they serve.  

SB 947 will focus staff time on moving families into the workforce and cut transportation expenses

September 29, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Senate Bill 947 to reduce red tape in the application process for the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program was signed by the Governor today. 

Since 2009, applicants for the CalFresh program, which offers food to families in need, have had the opportunity to be interviewed over the telephone.  Conversely, applicants for the CalWORKs program must be interviewed in-person, even in counties that would rather conduct interviews over the phone to improve efficiencies and better utilize limited staff time.

SB 1189 Prohibits Law Enforcement from Entering Autopsy Room When Individual Died in their Care & States Forensic Autopsies Must be Conducted by Medical Experts

September 28, 2016

SACRAMENTO – A bill jointly authored by Dr. Richard Pan and Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, SB 1189 to ensure autopsies are conducted only by licensed physicians and forensic autopsy reports are accurate and unbiased has been signed by Governor Jerry Brown.

September 27, 2016

SACRAMENTO – A bill authored by Dr. Richard Pan and principle co-authored by Senator Bill Monning, which would allow California to partner at the federal level to help prevent violent deaths, including gun deaths, was signed by the Governor today.

SB 877 requires California to maintain a comprehensive data-tracking system on violent deaths in the state and to participate in the federal program to collect data, the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS). SB 877 is sponsored by the Union of American Physicians and Dentists.