In the News

Law Allowing Customers to Drink on Bike-Buses Goes Into Effect

June 30, 2016

By Rina Nakano

SACRAMENTO -- It's an industry that's taken off in the last few years and, finally, the laws are catching up.

"This is the first city that's being progressive and taking this next step forward," Todd Sebastian of Off the Chain Bike Bus Tours said.

For years, bike bus businesses were mostly self-regulated, and each city had their own vague guidelines. Until now.

Drunk driving prevention bill approved by Senate Committee

June 28, 2016

Posted By: Steve Lee, Editor
SAN DIEGO – Legislation by California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) to require all restaurant and bar employees who sell or serve alcoholic beverages to undergo Responsible Beverage Service training was approved on a 10-0 vote by the Senate Governmental Organization Committee today.

Dr. Richard Pan discusses controversy and current legislation

June 28, 2016

By Monica Stark

He wanted to go where the people were and he did.

Situating his office in South Sacramento across from Florin Road Bingo and the Rice Bowl restaurant, California State Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) wanted his office located where people frequented.

Suspect arraigned in killing of Sacramento Charter High football player

June 27, 2016

By Ryan Lillis
HIGHLIGHTS:
Fredrick Marshall, 23, faces charges of killing Deston Garrett
Garrett, 19, was shot in his Oak Park home June 9 and died two days later
Sen. Richard Pan adjourns state Senate in Garrett’s memory

Fredrick Marshall bowed his head when a judge mentioned June 9, 2016 – the night he allegedly shot his friend.

New California budget adds millions for welfare programs

June 15, 2016

AP writer Alison Noon and KCRA 3 reporter David Bienick contributed to this report.

Bill Requiring California to Track Gun Deaths Passed by State Senate

June 2, 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 reduce gun violence, was passed by the State Senate today on a vote of 27 to 10.

SB 877 is sponsored by the Union of American Physicians and Dentist and would require California to establish and maintain a data-tracking system on violent deaths in the state, including gun deaths.

Nevada County measles case shuts school

March 29, 2016

http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/health-and-medicine/article68844032.html

By Bill Lindelof

State Sen. Richard Pan on Tuesday responded to a report of measles at a Nevada County school, saying that recently enacted legislation will boost immunity in the future.

Pan, D-Sacramento, made his statement after news that a measles outbreak involving a student at Yuba River Charter School had resulted in the closing of the campus on Tuesday.

California lawmaker wants to ban tobacco at youth sports events

February 17, 2016

Bill would prohibit cigarettes and other tobacco products near games and practices

Idea came from eighth-grade class at Elk Grove school

By Alexei Koseff

akoseff@sacbee.com

State Sen. Richard Pan is taking another swing at tobacco.

Asian Americans celebrate rising political clout, call for more voter turnout

October 9, 2015

By Stephen Magagnini

smagagnini@sacbee.com

 

When Dr. Richard Pan was growing up, a career in politics wasn’t considered a viable option for Asian American kids.

Pan said his parents – like many immigrants – pushed their children into careers in medicine, engineering and other fields that depend on technical skills. His Taiwanese parents preached that another great leveler was financial success in business, Pan said.

Prescription for health care system — money, flexibility

September 29, 2015

Experts in  California health care agree: The present system is unsustainable.   It needs more money and flexibility.

But that’s where agreement ends.  There are conflicting ideas about where the money should come from and where it should go.

The problems are not difficult to find:  Health care in the Golden State is under increasing pressure because of an aging population, the addition of some four million people to the state’s already-vast MediCal system serving the poor and there are pockets of the medically underserved across the state, particularly in rural areas.

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.