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California’s new child vaccination rule takes effect Friday

June 30, 2016

By Anshu Siripurapu

Parents: It’s time to get your kids their shots. California’s vaccine law takes full effect Friday, prohibiting school authorities from admitting new students or advancing students to seventh grade unless they have been properly vaccinated or have a valid medical excuse.

The requirement stems from Senate Bill 277, last year’s controversial law that eliminated religious and personal belief exemptions from child vaccinations.

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. From West Sacramento up to the Sacramento International Airport over to McClellan Air Force Base and southwest to the town of Sheldon down to Elk Grove, essentially all of Sacramento proper is included in Dr. Pan’s district but 2251 Florin Road, Suite 156 is where he settled.

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

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.