Press Releases

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.”

More than 500 people from dozens of area schools are expected on the South Steps of the Capitol

May 18, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and Senator representing the Sacramento region, along with co-hosts, Assemblymembers Kevin McCarty, Jim Cooper and Ken Cooley will hold a special recognition ceremony to honor graduates who have been nominated by their Sacramento-area schools. Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna and Sacramento City Councilmember Steve Hansen will kick the event off with opening remarks. KSFM 102.5 Morning Hosts, Wayne, Jay, and Megan will be the Master of Ceremonies.

American Society of Anesthesiologists Honors Richard Pan, M.D. with 2016 Bertram W. Coffer, M.D. Excellence in Government Award

May 17, 2016

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) yesterday presented California State Sen. Richard Pan, M.D. (D-Sacramento), with the 2016 Excellence in Government award in recognition of his exemplary contributions to the medical specialty of anesthesiology, its practitioners and patients.

Starting May 16, health care is available to children regardless of their immigration status.

May 16, 2016

Sacramento – As working families across the state celebrate because their children will finally have access to the health care they need to stay healthy, Dr. Richard Pan, who co-founded and chaired Healthy Kids, Healthy Future, celebrated along with them and made the following statement:

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

April 20, 2016

SACRAMENTO – A bill jointly authored by Dr. Richard Pan and Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, SB 1189 to ensure autopsy reports are accurate and unbiased, was passed by the Senate Health Committee.

April 12, 2016

Sacramento, CA – In September 2015, Dr. Richard Pan began highlighting one person each month as the Unsung Hero of the 6th Senate District. For the month of April, Dr. Pan is proud to honor Molly Simones, who has worked tirelessly at the Sacramento homeless shelter, Loaves & Fishes for more than five years. 

Please read more about Molly Simones, here: http://sd06.senate.ca.gov/sites/sd06.senate.ca.gov/files/outreach/sd06-201604-unsunghero.php

Dr. Pan requested Little Hoover Commission Review how the state provides access to dental care for California children

April 4, 2016

Sacramento – Following a 2014 State Auditor’s report that found deficiencies in access and oversight of the state’s Denti-Cal program, Dr. Richard Pan asked the Little Hoover Commission to undertake a review of the program, which was recently completed and released. Dr. Pan responded with the following statement:

March 29, 2016

SACRAMENTO- Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and State Senator representing the Sacramento region, made the following statement regarding recent reports of a measles outbreak at Yuba River Charter School in Nevada County, where records show that only about 43 percent of Kindergarteners who entered the school in the fall of 2015 were up-to-date with vaccinations:

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.”