Press Releases

September 25, 2018

SACRAMENTO – SB 1408, authored by Dr. Richard Pan and sponsored by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, which will close a loophole that prevents law enforcement from seizing non-fire cigarettes, was signed into law by the Governor.

September 19, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA –Senate Bill 481, authored by Dr. Richard Pan and supported by a coalition of community partners allowing the City of Sacramento to unite and develop the parcels of land located on the site of the old San Juan Motel on Stockton Boulevard, was signed by the Governor.

September 19, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA –Senate Bill 1303, authored by Dr. Richard Pan to require autopsies be conducted by medical experts to ensure they are accurate and unbiased was vetoed by Governor Brown on Tuesday.

Specifically, the bill would have required a county to establish a medical examiner’s office in lieu of a sheriff-coroner office or institute a policy to refer the manner and type of death investigation to another California county that implements a medical examiner model in cases where there is a conflict of interest for the sheriff-coroner.

August 24, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and state senator representing the Sacramento region, responded to the study, Weaponized Health Communication: Twitter and Russian Trolls Amplify the Vaccine Debate, published in the American Journal of Public Health.

DR. PAN: “Four million people rely on Title X to access essential, basic reproductive care including cancer screening, birth control, and sexually transmitted infection testing.”

August 3, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and state senator representing the Sacramento region, sent a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar expressing opposition to proposed changes that would undermine access to care for millions of Americans that rely on Title X to access essential, basic reproductive care including cancer screenings, birth control, and sexually transmitted infection testing.

In the letter, Dr. Richard Pan wrote:

June 19, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and state senator representing the Sacramento region, recognized Sharie Wilson, the owner of DreamGirls Fine Hair Imports by naming her Elk Grove hair salon as the Senate District 6 Small Business of the Year, in conjunction with the California Small Business Association.

June 12, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and author of legislation to increase vaccination rates, commented on data released by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) demonstrating that, in its second year of implementation, Senate Bill 277 continues to keep children and communities safe and healthy from vaccine-preventable disease.

May 23, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Members of the Assembly Select Committee on the Census and the Senate Select Committee on the 2020 United States Census gathered Tuesday for the first time to discuss the challenging task of ensuring that every California resident is counted in the 2020 Census. Achieving a complete count is critically important to ensuring that California does not lose out on billions of dollars in federal funding for education, healthcare, transportation, and other critical services, as well as the possibility of losing more than one seat in the House of Representatives.

May 10, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA –Senate Resolution 90 by Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and state senator representing the Sacramento region passed the Senate Floor today.  The measure supports the expanding bilateral relationship that exists between the states of California and Baden-Württemberg by encouraging the two states to come together and sign an agreement that would bond them as sister-states. 

“California and Baden-Württemberg share many common interests that are critical to our state in the areas of climate change, health, environmental sustainability and next generation transportation systems,” said Dr. Richard Pan. “Coming together to enter into a sister-state relationship would enhance the relationships that already exist between our two states.”

April 11, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA –Senate Bill 1303 to require autopsies be conducted by medical experts to ensure they are accurate and unbiased passed the Senate Governance & Finance Committee today.

“Autopsy reports provide critical information in determining the cause and manner of death and we must have the confidence in their accuracy,” said Dr. Pan, a pediatrician and Senator representing the Sacramento region. “The public and juries need to trust that they will receive accurate and objective information to make the correct verdict on a criminal case.”