Press Releases

May 24, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Dr. Richard Pan, state senator representing the Sacramento region and Chair of the Senate Health Committee made the following statement regarding a suspected case of monkeypox in Sacramento County:

SB 1479 (Pan) passed Sen. Education, AB 1797 (Weber) out of Asm. Health & Education Committees

April 27, 2022

SACRAMENTO – State Senator Dr. Richard Pan’s SB 1479 to require schools to develop COVID-19 testing plans, and Assemblymember Dr. Akilah Weber’s AB 1797 to update California’s immunization registry, passed out of Legislative Committees and both advance to their respective house of origin Appropriations Committee.

Bill would improve viral surveillance across California, establish hub to analyze potential threats

April 20, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Senate Bill 1296 authored by State Senator Dr. Richard Pan to improve California’s viral surveillance passed the Senate Health Committee on a unanimous vote and it will now head to the Senate’s Appropriations Committee.

April 14, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Dr. Richard Pan, state senator representing the Sacramento region and Chair of the Senate Health Committee made the following statement regarding his decision to hold Senate Bill 871, the Keep Schools Open and Safe Act:

April 3, 2022

SACRAMENTO, CA — Dr. Richard Pan, state senator representing the Sacramento region made the following statement regarding the mass shooting early this morning in downtown Sacramento:

Research and prevention with equity lens critical to preparing and mitigating Long COVID impacts

March 9, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Today, Senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton), Chair of the Senate’s Special Committee on Pandemic Emergency Response, and Senator Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), Chair of the Senate’s Health Committee, held a joint-informational hearing with experts and the public on the devastating reach and impact of “Post COVID Syndrome”, also known as Long COVID, the disproportionate impact it has had on California’s diverse communities, and the ongoing research and availability of resources to serve Californians impacted.

February 28, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Dr. Richard Pan, state senator representing the Sacramento region and Chair of the Senate Health Committee made the following statement regarding CalHHS Secretary Ghaly’s announcement that California will implement changes in public masking guidelines:

Bill would provide testing resources and require testing plan for each school

February 22, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Today, State Senator Dr. Richard Pan introduced SB 1479, which would require every California school to develop a COVID-19 testing plan and would authorize additional resources to implement school testing plans, as a part of a broader legislative package to keep schools open and safe and protect public health.

SB 1018 Will Require Platforms Utilizing Algorithms to Publicly Disclose How They Manipulate Datasets and Support Research; AB 2098 Outlines Unprofessional Conduct for CA Medical Boards to Pursue Disciplinary Action Against Licensed Physicians Dissemin

February 15, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Today, Senator Dr. Richard Pan and Assemblymember Evan Low introduced Senate Bill 1018 and Assembly Bill 2098 to combat the spread of dangerous COVID-19 misinformation and protect public health. SB 1018, introduced by Senator Dr. Richard Pan, requires online platforms utilizing algorithms to publically report how product features interact with datasets used by algorithms to score or rank content, and requires disclosure of data for legitimate research purposes.

Bill Would Close Personal Exemption Loophole for COVID-19 School Vaccinations, Builds on Success of SB 277 Law

January 24, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Today, Senator Dr. Richard Pan introduced the Keep Schools Open and Safe Act, to close the personal belief exemption loophole for school-based vaccination requirements for COVID-19.

The Keep Schools Open and Safe Act builds on SB 277, also sponsored by Dr. Pan, which eliminated the personal belief exemption loophole for all other childhood vaccinations required for public and private school students when it became law in 2015. After passage of SB 277, vaccination rates dramatically increased for childhood diseases such as measles.