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

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:

February 29, 2016

NOVATO, Calif.-- On Rare Disease Day, the EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases applauds Senator Richard Pan, MD (D-Sacramento) for introducing SB 1095. The Foundation is joined by the MLD Foundation, National MPS Society, Acid Maltase Deficiency Association (AMDA), the Ryan Foundation, Aidan Jack Seeger Foundation, and Jonah’s Just Begun Foundation to Cure Sanfilippo in supporting this lifesaving legislation to expand California’s newborn screening program.

Idea for SB 977 came from the 8th grade class at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Elementary School in Elk Grove

February 23, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and Senator representing the Sacramento region, joined the 8th grade class at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Elementary School in Elk Grove today to announce the introduction of SB 977, which would ban tobacco products within 250 feet from a youth sporting event. 

February 11, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and Senator representing Sacramento released the following statement regarding the possibility of a faculty strike at the California State University:

SB 947 will focus staff time on moving families into the workforce and cut transportation expenses

February 4, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and Senator representing Sacramento announced today that he has introduced SB 947to modernize the process for conducting interviews for California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs), the state’s safety-net program for poor families with children. 

SB 877 will allow California to Partner with President Obama in his Effort to Reduce Gun Violence

January 19, 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. 

January 7, 2016

SACRAMENTO- Dr. Richard Pan, State Senator from California’s 6th District, made the following statement on the Governor’s proposed budget:

“The governor’s budget proposal reflects sound budgeting choices California has made in recent years, and I appreciate the Governor’s fiscal prudence in eliminating debt and building budget reserves in preparation for future economic downturns.  I am pleased that there will be more money for schools to educate our children. 

February 21, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Dr. Richard Pan, a former UC Davis faculty member and Director of the UC Davis Pediatric Residency Program, made the following statement regarding the selection of Gary May, Ph.D. as UC Davis Chancellor:

Senate Bill 267 to foster public trust in our political system by providing cost-effective oversight

February 9, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and Senator representing the Sacramento region, announced today that he and Assemblymember Kevin McCarty have introduced a measure 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. 

SB 947 will focus staff time on moving families into the workforce and cut transportation expenses

September 29, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Senate Bill 947 to reduce red tape in the application process for the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program was signed by the Governor today. 

Since 2009, applicants for the CalFresh program, which offers food to families in need, have had the opportunity to be interviewed over the telephone.  Conversely, applicants for the CalWORKs program must be interviewed in-person, even in counties that would rather conduct interviews over the phone to improve efficiencies and better utilize limited staff time.