Press Releases

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. 

New laws by Dr. Pan will guard Sacramento from floods, better protect college campuses and surrounding communities, support local businesses, boost immunization rates and more

October 15, 2015

Sacramento – Governor Jerry Brown has signed the following nine bills by Dr. Richard Pan into law:

SB 144 will finally bring completion to flood control projects along the American and Sacramento Rivers and projects to protect the Natomas floodplain that have been years in the making; and in doing so, will bring hundreds of millions of federal flood control dollars to our region.  

September 1, 2015

Sacramento – TIME Magazine calls Dr. Richard Pan a hero in the article, “Meet the Heroes and Villains of Vaccine History.” Dr. Richard Pan was singled out with pioneering physicians and scientists such as Edward Jenner, Jonas Salk and Pearl Kindrick who have saved millions of lives.

August 26, 2015

Sacramento, CA –Dr. Richard Pan joined a coalition of doctors, nurses, health care professionals, unions, advocates and patients today as he announced he introduced SBX2 13 Pan/Hernandez in the Special Session on Health Care.  Dr. Pan made the following statement on the bill which would increase California’s tobacco tax by $2 per pack:

August 18, 2015

Sacramento – As part of his ongoing effort to reach out to people in the 6th Senate District, Dr. Richard Pan launched an improved user-friendly website that better informs people about legislative and community developments. 

“I hope that you will find this website useful and informative and return to it frequently to get updates on legislation, see a calendar of community events or when you need help doing business with a state agency,” said Dr. Richard Pan, a physician and senator representing Sacramento and West Sacramento.

August 13, 2015

Sacramento – Dr. Richard Pan, a State Senator representing Sacramento, announced today that the Governor has signed Senate Bill 424 which will give college and university police departments the authority to use “pretext phone calls” or recording devices like body-worn cameras during their investigations into serious crimes such as sexual assault, robbery, burglary, arson, theft and murder. 

July 8, 2015

Following the historic passage of Dr. Richard Pan’s Senate Bill 277, the RAND Corporation has released a report that supports findings from countless other studies showing that the vaccines administered to U.S. children are very safe and serious side effects are extremely rare. Dr. Pan made the following comment on the study:

June 16, 2015

SACRAMENTO- Dr. Richard Pan made the following statement on the budget agreement announced today between the legislature and the Governor as well as the Governor’s call for special sessions to fix our Medi-Cal system and transportation infrastructure:

Senate Bill 277 by Senators Pan and Allen will end California’s Vaccine Exemption Loophole and Boost immunization rates at California Schools

June 9, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA – After emotional testimony about a child who is currently in hospice care due to complications of the measles, Senate Bill 277, authored by Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and Senator representing Sacramento and Senator Ben Allen, the former Board President of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District was passed by the Assembly Health Committee on a vote of 12 to 6.  

Measure gives researchers access to data needed to comprehensively Conduct their research on firearm violence and prevention

April 24, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Senate Bill 536, a measure authored by Dr. Richard Pan, to provide much-needed data to researchers affiliated with the California Firearm Violence Research Center, passed the California State Senate today on a vote of 25-13. 

April 12, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and author of legislation aimed at boosting vaccine rates, hailed new data released today by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) demonstrating that, in its first year of implementation, Senate Bill 277 is raising school vaccine rates to levels not seen in a decade and a half. 

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: