Press Releases

October 18, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Senate Bill 536, a measure authored by Dr. Richard Pan, to give researchers access to data needed to comprehensively examine firearm violence was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.

“The Legislature established the University of California’s Firearm Violence Research Center last year, but they need access to raw data to adequately conduct their research,” said Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and state senator representing the Sacramento region.  “SB 536 will provide data so academic researchers can evaluate the effectiveness of policy interventions so that we can better prevent gun deaths.”

SB 536 directs the California Department of Justice to provide information on gun violence restraining orders (GVRO) to researchers affiliated with the University of California’s Firearm Violence Research Center and nonprofit educational institutions or public agencies, upon DOJ approval.

October 16, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Senate Bill 730 to establish important steps for the California Department of Education (CDE) to comply with the federal Buy American provision in school lunch and breakfast programs, was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.

October 2, 2017

Sacramento, CA – Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and Senator representing the Sacramento area made the following statement after the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 1, 2017:

September 7, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Dr. Richard Pan, pediatrician and state senator representing the Sacramento region was presented with the “Child Care Champion” Award by Parent Voices and the Child Care Law Center.

The Child Care Champion Award recognizes outstanding leadership in the California Legislature to make quality, affordable child care a reality for children and families. 

August 29, 2017

SACRAMENTO– On Tuesday, Dr. Richard Pan joined fellow State Senators Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) and Steven Bradford (D- Gardena) at the State Capitol to call for a major investment to fund clean-fuel school buses, transit vehicles and commercial medium and heavy duty trucks and move toward a diesel free California by 2030.

Senate Bill 267 will offer Sacramento City Government Cost-Effective Oversight

July 12, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Senate Bill 267 to allow the City of Sacramento to contract with the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) to investigate and enforce the City’s campaign finance ordinance passed the Assembly Local Government Committee today on a vote of 7 to 0. The measure is authored by Dr. Richard Pan and principal co-authored by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty.

SB 730 supports federal requirements for schools to purchase domestically produced foods

July 12, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Senate Bill 730, which would require the California Department of Education (CDE) to monitor compliance of the Buy American provision of the National School Lunch Program, passed the Assembly Education Committee today on a vote of 5 to 0. 

Guns are the 2nd leading cause of death among children and teens

June 21, 2017

SACRAMENTO– Parents joined with Dr. Richard Pan, the California Brady Campaign and other community members outside of the UC Davis Medical Center’s Emergency Department (ED) to remind parents that one of the most effective ways to keep kids safe and out of the ED is to ASK other parents if there are any unlocked guns in their homes before sending children over to play. 

June 16, 2017

SACRAMENTO- Dr. Richard Pan, pediatrician and State Senator representing the Sacramento region, made the following statements regarding the legislature’s passage of the 2017-18 State Budget:

Informational Video Highlights Why Californians Need a Healthy Medi-Cal System

May 23, 2017

Sacramento, CA—Just as legislative action at the federal level threaten to strip Medi-Cal coverage from vulnerable Californians, Dr. Richard Pan joined the California Coverage and Health Initiatives in recognizing the importance of access to health care in the lives of Californians.