Press Releases

April 6, 2015

Sacramento – Following a State Auditor’s report last December that found both poor access to dental care for Denti-Cal beneficiaries and inadequate state oversight of the program, Dr. Richard Pan asked the Little Hoover Commission to undertake a review of the Denti-Cal program and identify how this vital program should meet its purpose to provide access to dental care for many of the most vulnerable Californians including children.

March 25, 2015

Sacramento – Dr. Richard Pan, a State Senator representing Sacramento, introduced Senate Bill 424 which would 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. 

March 3, 2015

SACRAMENTO- Dr. Richard Pan made the following statement regarding the California State Auditor’s report issued today on The California Department of Publish Health’s failure to implement previous audit recommendations:

“Save Lives CA” Coalition and Senator Richard Pan Join Forces to Prevent Smoking and Fight Tobacco-Related Diseases

March 3, 2015

Sacramento, CA – The Save Lives California Coalition joined Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) to announce legislation that will increase California’s tobacco tax by $2 per pack, directing this funding to smoking prevention and alleviating the taxpayer burden of smoking-related disease.

March 2, 2015

Sacramento – Dr. Richard Pan, a State Senator representing Sacramento, introduced Senate Bill 574 which would put an end to the University of California’s practice of keeping the public in the dark on two of their largest venture capital investments: Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers (Kleiner Perkins) and Sequoia Capital (Sequoia).

February 26, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Dr. Richard Pan made the following statement in regards to the anti-Semitic display of swastikas at a house in the River Park area of the 6th Senate District:

February 19, 2015

SACRAMENTO –Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and Senator representing Sacramento, Senator Ben Allen, the former Board President of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District and Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalaz who represents San Diego have introduced Senate Bill 277 to repeal the personal belief exemption that currently allows parents to opt their child out of vaccines in our schools. 

Legislation will also notify parents of their child's school immunization rates

February 4, 2015

SACRAMENTO –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 will introduce legislation that will repeal the personal belief exemption that currently allows parents to effectively opt their child out of vaccines in our schools. 

January 27, 2015

SACRAMENTO –Following the release of statewide statistics showing that a 2013 law by Dr. Richard Pan has led to a dramatic 20 percent decrease in parents opting out of vaccinating their kindergarteners, reversing a decade-long trend, he has announced plans to introduce a bill to notify parents of their child’s school vaccination rates. 

December 1 is first day of the 2015-2016 Legislative Session

December 1, 2014

Sacramento – Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and small business owner, who continues to practice medicine at a community clinic in Oak Park while serving the people of the Sacramento region in the State Assembly since 2010, was joined by his family today as he was sworn in as the State Senator representing the 6th District, including the cities of Sacramento, Elk Grove, and West Sacramento and parts of Sacramento County.  

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.