Press Releases

June 8, 2015

Sacramento, CA- Dr. Richard Pan today thanked State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson and the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) for working to protect every student’s right to be safe at school by closing California vaccine loophole.

“The Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson and ACSA work tirelessly to make California students and schools successful and they join a long line of educators already fighting to pass SB 277,” said Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and state senator representing Sacramento. “The overwhelming support among California’s educational community demonstrates that the opposition’s rhetoric that our educational system will somehow suffer under the measure is not based in fact.” 

Senate Bill 573 will create a Chief Data Officer that will facilitate unprecedented access to government information

June 4, 2015

Sacramento – Dr. Richard Pan’s Senate Bill 573, which would require California to adopt an open-data policy that will foster economic development, boost transparency and accountability, and reduce workloads while increasing cost saving at our state agencies, was passed by the State Senate today on a vote of 28 to 11.

UC has refused to provide return data on two of Their major investments: Kleiner Perkins and Sequoia

June 1, 2015

Sacramento – Dr. Richard Pan’s Senate Bill 574, which would require the University of California to release basic performance information on two of their largest venture capital investments: Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers (Kleiner Perkins) and Sequoia Capital (Sequoia), passed the State Senate today on a vote of 34 to 0.

Senate Bill 277 has now been vetted by Senate Health Committee, Senate Education Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee

April 28, 2015

SACRAMENTO 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 to boost vaccine rates by closing California’s vaccine exemption loophole, was passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee on a vote of 5 to 1. 

April 22, 2015

Sacramento – Senate Bill 591, a bill that will help keep tobacco out of the hands of California’s youth, fund proven prevention programs like California's pioneering tobacco control program and improve access to health care services is one step closer to becoming law, after being approved by the Senate Governance and Finance Committee on a vote of 5 to 2.

Legislation will protect every student’s right to be safe at school by closing California vaccine loophole

April 22, 2015

SACRAMENTO – 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 to abolish the personal belief exemption that currently allows parents to opt their child out of vaccines in our schools was passed today on a vote of 7 to 2 in the Senate Education Committee.

Dr. Pan and Senator Allen presented amendments that protect every student’s right to be safe at school while preserving every student’s right to an education.

April 15, 2015

To help combat misinformation that continues to be perpetuated by some individuals opposed to Senate Bill 277 (Pan/Allen), the I Heart Immunity Campaign, a group of doctors, patients, and public health officials dedicated to increasing vaccination rates, distributed the following Fact vs. Myth sheet:

April 14, 2015

The I Heart Immunity Campaign, a group of public health advocates dedicated to increasing California immunization rates, today announced new support for Senate Bill 277 (Pan/Allen), which would eliminate the personal belief exemption option from required school vaccinations in California. The bill, which recently passed the Senate Health Committee 6-2, will be heard by the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

Senate Bill 277 by Senators Pan and Allen will end California’s Vaccine Exemption Loophole

April 8, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Following a measles outbreak that infected 147 people nationwide, a measure 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 to abolish the personal belief exemption that currently allows parents to opt their child out of vaccines in our schools was passed by the Senate Health Committee today on a vote of 6 to 2.

Unprecedented multi-legislative effort puts forth five bills to curb youth tobacco use, reign in cost of smoking-related disease, and expand access to health care.

April 8, 2015

Sacramento- Today, the Save Lives California coalition gathered with lawmakers at the California State Capitol to laud a sweeping series of recently introduced bills that take on Big Tobacco. Taken as a whole, these bills represent an unprecedented coordinated legislative effort in California to curb youth tobacco usage, regulate e-cigarettes, and save Californian lives and money, as well as expand access to health care for low-income Californians.

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: