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SB 536 to Put California Firearm Violence Research Center to Work, Passes State Senate

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.

Despite threats, vaccination rates for California kindergartners have never been higher

April 24, 2017

By Karin Klein

They’d move out of state, the anti-vaccine parents warned California legislators. They’d home-school their kids. One thing they’d never do: Give in to the supposed horrors of vaccination.

'Science is Not a Partisan Issue': Docs Take to the Streets

April 22, 2017

By MedPage Today Staff

WASHINGTON -- Despite gloomy rain and slick mud in the nation's capital, thousands of physicians, scientists and policymakers, raised their signs and voices at the March for Science here and across the nation.

Senator who wrote mandatory vaccines bill attends March for Science in Washington

April 21, 2017

By Alexei Kosef

So how goes the “resistance” to President Donald Trump? Protesters are gearing up for their second major event in a week, following on last weekend’s national Tax March with a March for Science planned for Saturday in cities across the country, including Sacramento.

200 LA County private schools didn't report vaccination data

April 17, 2017

California public health officials were cheered by data released last week showing that the percentage of fully immunized kindergartners statewide had risen to nearly 96 percent in the current school year.  But the picture is not entirely clear in Los Angeles County, where about three out of 10 private schools failed to report their vaccination data, and in Riverside County, where nearly one in four private schools did not report.

Underserved Communities Call Out UC Davis for Rejecting Medi-Cal

April 17, 2017

By Lonnie Wong

Santa Clarita Students, Parents Advocate For Children Bill Of Rights

April 16, 2017
By Devon Miller

About a dozen of students and parents from the Santa Clarita Valley were in Sacramento on Monday to advocate for a new Bill of Rights to guarantee the ‘inherent rights’ of children.

The group joined about 300 students, parents and teachers from all over the state to lobby for the passage of Senate Bill 18 — the Bill of Rights for Children and Youth in California.

Governor Brown Signs Legislation

April 15, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced that he has signed the following bills:

SB 28 by Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) – State public employment: memoranda of understanding: approval.

SB 47 by the Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review – Budget Act of 2016.

SB 48 by the Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review – State public employee benefits.

For full text of the bills, visit:

Local kindergarten vaccinations hit new high

April 15, 2017

By Tom Kisken

Pushed by a new law and fear spread by measles and other diseases once considered nearly eliminated, kindergarten vaccination rates for the current school year reached recent 96 percent in Ventura County and California, the highest in at least 16 years.

State, county see increase in childhood vaccination rates

April 14, 2017

The percentage of Yolo County children who entered kindergarten with all required vaccinations increased from 91.7 percent last year to 96.6 percent this year, according to data released Wednesday by the state.

Yolo County’s numbers mirrored the rest of California, which saw the overall kindergarten vaccination rate increase from 92.8 percent of students in the 2015-16 school year to 95.6 percent in the current year.