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California’s Kindergarten Vaccination Rates Hit New High

April 12, 2017

By ECT

SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today posted results for the annual immunization assessment of children attending kindergarten in California in the 2016-17 school year. The report found that vaccination rates among kindergartners are at their highest point since 2001.

Compared to 2015-16 results, the percentage of students attending kindergarten in 2016-17 who had received all required vaccines rose from 93 percent to 96 percent.

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Bill SB 643 Passes California Senate Health Committee By 8-0 Vote

April 11, 2017

By Charles Moore

CureDuchenne has announced its enthusiastic support and sponsorship of California Senate bill SB 643, which adds Duchenne muscular dystrophy to California’s Genetically Handicapped Persons Program (GHPP) list of eligible medical conditions.

First Priority GreenFleet Partners With Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District For The Largest Electric School Bus Deployment In The United States

March 22, 2017

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GOP reveals Obamacare repeal plan, alarming California Democrats

March 6, 2017

By Tony Pugh, Alex Daugherty, Claudia Buck and Sammy Caiola

WASHINGTON - Long-awaited legislation announced Monday night to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act immediately raised cries of dismay among Democratic legislators and consumer health advocates in California. House Republicans in Washington, D.C., called it a necessary fix.

The bill, part of President Donald Trump’s campaign promise to dump Obamacare, sparked fears from some that millions of Americans will lose health coverage.

GOP reveals Obamacare repeal plan, alarming California Democrats

March 6, 2017

By Tony Pugh, Alex Daugherty, Claudia Buck and Sammy Caiola

WASHINGTON - Long-awaited legislation announced Monday night to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act immediately raised cries of dismay among Democratic legislators and consumer health advocates in California. House Republicans in Washington, D.C., called it a necessary fix.

The bill, part of President Donald Trump’s campaign promise to dump Obamacare, sparked fears from some that millions of Americans will lose health coverage.

State legislators to honor homeless man who tidied up Capitol Park

February 22, 2017

By Cynthia Hubert

California legislators on Thursday will honor a homeless man who for more than 20 years quietly and voluntarily worked to keep Capitol Park tidy.

Group of state legislators from Delta Caucus release statement on alarming Oroville Dam situation

February 13, 2017

(SACRAMENTO) – On Monday, February 13, 2017, members of the Delta Caucus of the California state legislature, including three representing Contra Costa County, released the following statement regarding the hazardous situation at Oroville Dam after news reports that previous concerns about the safety of the dam’s current infrastructure were ignored:

Bipartisan Group of Delta Legislators Release Statement on Alarming Oroville Dam Situation

February 13, 2017

By ECT

Sacramento, CA – Today, members* of the Delta Caucus released the following
statement regarding the hazardous situation at Oroville Dam after The Mercury News
reported that previous concerns about the safety of the Dam’s current infrastructure were
ignored:

Sacramento wants state watchdog to enforce city ethics rules

February 9, 2017

By Anita Chabria

State legislators announced legislation Thursday that would allow the state’s watchdog agency to enforce Sacramento’s campaign finance rules.

Under Senate Bill 267, Sacramento would join Stockton and San Bernardino County as the only municipalities in California that can contract with the Fair Political Practices Commission to handle local ethics investigations and oversight.

California Life Sciences Association Recognizes Senators Richard Pan and Janet Nguyen and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher as Life Sciences Champions Legislators Honored for Commitment to Strengthening and Promoting California Life Sciences Sector

February 8, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--This week, California Life Sciences Association (CLSA) honored Senators Richard Pan, M.D.

Measure gives researchers access to data needed to comprehensively Conduct their research on firearm violence and prevention

April 24, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Senate Bill 536, a measure authored by Dr. Richard Pan, to provide much-needed data to researchers affiliated with the California Firearm Violence Research Center, passed the California State Senate today on a vote of 25-13. 

April 12, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and author of legislation aimed at boosting vaccine rates, hailed new data released today by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) demonstrating that, in its first year of implementation, Senate Bill 277 is raising school vaccine rates to levels not seen in a decade and a half. 

February 21, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Dr. Richard Pan, a former UC Davis faculty member and Director of the UC Davis Pediatric Residency Program, made the following statement regarding the selection of Gary May, Ph.D. as UC Davis Chancellor: