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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.

August 16, 2015

With classes starting on Tuesday, Los Angeles Unified School District officials said immunization rates among incoming students will be high, but preparations are underway to get ready for a stricter state law.

The new law goes into effect next year, but LAUSD officials said they’ll work on training staff to make sure all students have completed their vaccinations on schedule.

Local state senator also faces recall campaign for vaccination law

August 14, 2015
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By Bryan M. Gold - Citizen Staff Writer

Local State Sen. Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) was recently lauded by Time magazine for the same reason he is the subject of a recall effort pushed for by an Elk Grove mother.

Meet the Heroes and Villains of Vaccine History

July 29, 2015

Richard Pan

Freshman senator wins plaudits from colleagues

July 4, 2015

When word of a measles outbreak at Disneyland hit the nightly news six months ago, state Sen. Richard Pan began fielding calls from panicked parents. They worried that their children could be exposed to the infectious disease and wanted to know what he planned to do to keep them safe.

The just-elected senator from Sacramento toyed with the idea of new rules requiring schools to publicize their immunization rates so concerned parents would know which ones to avoid. But he soon realized that strategy wouldn't go far enough.

West Sacramento loses sales tax revenue, seeks bill to close loophole

May 1, 2015

By Richard Chang

West Sacramento leaders noticed something awry when sales tax revenue came in last November.

The city – which has an array of retail stores, warehouse distributors and industrial businesses – was short nearly $600,000 in sales tax revenue it had anticipated from HD Supply, a company that sells hardware fixtures and home improvement products.

By: Editorial Board

April 19, 2015

Twenty-nine states require schoolchildren to be vaccinated unless they can prove they should have a medical or religious exemption. Two more allow opt-outs only with a doctor’s note.

Somehow the children in these states have managed to get an education, though their communities surely include the odd anti-vaxxer who thinks people shouldn’t have to immunize kindergartners if they don’t want to. If nearly two-thirds of the rest of the country can protect public health and public education at the same time, so can California.

By: Tracy Seipel

April 18, 2015

SACRAMENTO -- California's Constitution spells out the right to a free public education, and lawmakers have fortified that guarantee over the years by safeguarding students against discrimination and inequality in the classroom.

But now a debate over that protected access to an education has surfaced in the most contentious legislative battle in Sacramento this year: Does one student's right to an education trump another student's right to stay healthy?

April 16, 2015

On Wednesday, state Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) agreed to delay a Senate Education Committee vote on a contentious bill (SB 277) that would tighten the state's childhood vaccination requirements, the Los Angeles Times' "PolitiCal" reports (McGreevy, "PolitiCal," Los Angeles Times, 4/15).

Details of Bill

SB 277 -- by Pan and state Sen. Ben Allen (D-Redondo Beach) -- would end all personal belief exemptions to childhood vaccination requirements.

In addition, the bill would: