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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.

Nevada County measles case shuts school

March 29, 2016

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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.

Bill would allow party bike riders to sip suds while pedaling

September 27, 2015

By Tony Bizjak

Drinking and driving is, of course, illegal. But partaking while pedaling might soon be OK.

Sacramento state Sen. Richard Pan has a bill on the governor’s desk that would allow customers on pub-crawl bikes to sip some beer while pedaling between stops. City officials would have to give their OK first, Pan said.

Pan’s bill, SB 530, is mainly a sober effort to deal with a variety of regulatory issues involving the young brew bike industry in California.

California’s anti-vaccine brigade and the dark side of individualism

September 26, 2015

DR BOB SEARS, a paediatrician from Orange County, California, does not like to call his patients “free-riders”. True, he specialises in treating vaccine-sceptics, those families who resent being told to immunise their children against nasty diseases, from measles to whooping cough. It is also the case that, as a trained doctor, he believes that immunisation works. He agrees that some scary illnesses have almost vanished in America because more than 90% of children are inoculated against them, creating a herd immunity that leaves diseases with few places to lurk.

Lawmaker introduces $2 per-pack increase in cigarette taxes

August 26, 2015

By Timm Herdt

Hoping to avert a ballot initiative campaign next year, backers of a proposed $2 per-pack increase in California's cigarette tax rallied behind a bill introduced Wednesday that would enable lawmakers to approve the tax increase in their special session on health care.

The bill's introduction came on the same day the Field Poll released survey results indicating two-thirds of California voters support the proposal.

Brown administration opens door to cigarette tax, with a caveat

August 26, 2015

By Jeremy B. White

Responding to the Legislature’s renewed attempt to fund healthcare through a cigarette tax, a Brown administration official signaled support if the revenue is properly targeted.

$2 more for cigarettes? California tobacco tax proposal revived in special session

August 26, 2015

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A proposal to raise the tobacco tax by $2 per pack of cigarettes in California was given new life Wednesday when legislation was introduced as part of a special session on healthcare.

The new measure would also extend the tobacco tax to electronic cigarettes.

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

June 2, 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, was passed by the California State Senate on a vote of 23 to 13.  

June 1, 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 28 to 5. 

SB 877 will require California to establish and maintain a data-tracking system on violent deaths in the state, including gun deaths. 

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

June 1, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Today, the State Senate passed SB 947 to modernize the application process for California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs), the state’s safety-net program for poor families with children.

“SB 947 makes the CalWORKs application process more efficient and cuts unnecessary bureaucratic red tape,” said Dr. Richard Pan, State Senator representing the Sacramento region. “By using infrastructure counties already use to perform eligibility interviews over the phone, families who qualify for CalWORKs can get the help they need faster.”