Press Releases

SB 1095 provides children with the best opportunity for an early diagnoses and treatment through newborn screenings

September 16, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Governor Brown signed SB 1095 today, bill authored by Dr. Richard Pan to require the Department of Public Health to expand the existing newborn screening program, ensuring that California babies get the earliest diagnosis and treatment possible for these life-threatening diseases.

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

August 25, 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 passed by the State Senate and will now go to the Governor’s desk.

SB 877 Requires California to Create a Data-Tracking System to help Researchers Confront Gun and Other Violence Head-On

August 23, 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 Assembly today and will be heard next in the State Senate. 

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, including gun deaths. 

SB 1095 provides children with the best opportunity for an early diagnoses and treatment through newborn screenings

August 18, 2016

SACRAMENTO – A bill authored by Dr. Richard Pan to require the Department of Public Health to expand the existing newborn screening program to include any condition that has been adopted by the federal Recommended Uniform Screening Panel (RUSP), passed the State Assembly. 

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

August 18, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Senate Bill 977 authored by Dr. Richard Pan, and sponsored by the 8th grade class at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Elementary School in Elk Grove overwhelmingly passed the California State Assembly today.  SB 977 would prohibit the use of tobacco products within 250 feet from a youth sporting event. 

August 17, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Dr. Richard Pan, State Senator representing Sacramento made the following statement about state grants announced today that would provide $30 million to the planned streetcar line bridging Sacramento and West Sacramento and $9 million to add new track to expand the Capitol Corridor service between Sacramento and Roseville.

State and local governments lack resources for Increased mosquito control and rapid disease detection

July 20, 2016

SACRAMENTO- Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and California State Senator made the following statement upon the announcement from health officials that they are investigating the first possible non-travel related case of Zika transmission in the United States:

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.