Press Releases

DR. PAN: “Four million people rely on Title X to access essential, basic reproductive care including cancer screening, birth control, and sexually transmitted infection testing.”

August 3, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and state senator representing the Sacramento region, sent a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar expressing opposition to proposed changes that would undermine access to care for millions of Americans that rely on Title X to access essential, basic reproductive care including cancer screenings, birth control, and sexually transmitted infection testing.

In the letter, Dr. Richard Pan wrote:

June 19, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and state senator representing the Sacramento region, recognized Sharie Wilson, the owner of DreamGirls Fine Hair Imports by naming her Elk Grove hair salon as the Senate District 6 Small Business of the Year, in conjunction with the California Small Business Association.

June 12, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and author of legislation to increase vaccination rates, commented on data released by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) demonstrating that, in its second year of implementation, Senate Bill 277 continues to keep children and communities safe and healthy from vaccine-preventable disease.

May 23, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Members of the Assembly Select Committee on the Census and the Senate Select Committee on the 2020 United States Census gathered Tuesday for the first time to discuss the challenging task of ensuring that every California resident is counted in the 2020 Census. Achieving a complete count is critically important to ensuring that California does not lose out on billions of dollars in federal funding for education, healthcare, transportation, and other critical services, as well as the possibility of losing more than one seat in the House of Representatives.

May 10, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA –Senate Resolution 90 by Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and state senator representing the Sacramento region passed the Senate Floor today.  The measure supports the expanding bilateral relationship that exists between the states of California and Baden-Württemberg by encouraging the two states to come together and sign an agreement that would bond them as sister-states. 

“California and Baden-Württemberg share many common interests that are critical to our state in the areas of climate change, health, environmental sustainability and next generation transportation systems,” said Dr. Richard Pan. “Coming together to enter into a sister-state relationship would enhance the relationships that already exist between our two states.”

April 11, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA –Senate Bill 1303 to require autopsies be conducted by medical experts to ensure they are accurate and unbiased passed the Senate Governance & Finance Committee today.

“Autopsy reports provide critical information in determining the cause and manner of death and we must have the confidence in their accuracy,” said Dr. Pan, a pediatrician and Senator representing the Sacramento region. “The public and juries need to trust that they will receive accurate and objective information to make the correct verdict on a criminal case.”

March 27, 2018

SACRAMENTO—Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins and Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), chair of the Senate Select Committee on the Census, issued the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s decision to include a citizenship question on the 2020 United States Census:

“The Trump administration’s decision to ask residents about citizenship in the 2020 Census will make that census less accurate, result in federal funding cuts to services for Californians and inequitable electoral representation for a decade.”

Silver Diamine Fluoride is a Cost-Effective and Non-Evasive Method to Help Stop Tooth Decay While Protecting California’s Youngest Dental Patients

March 7, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and state senator representing the Sacramento region, has introduced Senate Bill 1148, allowing dentists who provide care in the Medi-Cal dental program to use silver diamine fluoride (SDF) as a treatment option for dental decay. SDF is an FDA-approved liquid that can be applied to teeth to control dental decay and prevent further progression of the disease.

SB 1303 Requires that Autopsies be Conducted by Medical Experts

February 21, 2018

SACRAMENTO –Dr. Richard pan has introduced SB 1303 to ensure autopsies are conducted only by licensed physicians and forensic autopsy reports are accurate and unbiased.

“I have introduced SB 1303 because autopsy reports provide critical information in determining the cause and manner of death and we must have the confidence in their accuracy,” said Dr. Pan, a pediatrician and Senator representing the Sacramento region. “The public and juries need to trust that they will receive accurate and objective information to make the correct verdict on a criminal case.”

December 12, 2017

Sacramento, CA – Dr. Richard Pan, who broke a long-standing barrier himself when he was elected as the first Asian American State Senator to represent the Sacramento region, made the following statement on the passing of Ed Lee, a pioneer in the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community: