Press Releases

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.  

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.