Press Releases

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.

Work Group to Facilitate Coordinated Action and Bring Thoughtful, Comprehensive Approach to Save Lives

January 19, 2022

SACRAMENTO, CA – As COVID-19 surges and causes an alarming increase in hospitalizations and cases among children, California legislators announced the formation of the legislative Vaccine Work Group that is developing cohesive and comprehensive, evidence-based policies to strengthen our ability to stop the spread of COVID and other diseases, while battling misinformation.

December 22, 2021

SACRAMENTO—Dr. Richard Pan, pediatrician and state senator representing the Sacramento region, made the following statement regarding the death of more than 1,000 children from COVID-19:

December 8, 2021

SACRAMENTO—Dr. Richard Pan, pediatrician and state senator representing the Sacramento region, made the following statement regarding the stalking and harassment of Kristina Lawson, President of the California Medical Board by anti-vaccine extremists:

November 3, 2021

SACRAMENTO, CA –Dr. Richard Pan, pediatrician, state senator and author of California’s vaccine laws, made the following statement today as the Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine is approved for young children and becomes available at doctor’s offices, pharmacies, school vaccine clinics and other sites:

November 2, 2021

SACRAMENTO – As anti-vaccine extremists are escalating their tactics to disrupt and stop vaccine efforts, a federal court says that preventing contagious diseases through vaccination is in the public interest and rules against anti-vaccine extremists who attempt to obstruct and interfere with vaccine delivery.   

 

While federal, state and local governments are doing better each day distributing COVID-19 vaccines and educating the public, anti-vaccine extremists are escalating their tactics to disrupt and stop these efforts

October 9, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 742 on Friday, a bill authored by Dr. Richard Pan to give local officials the tools they need to keep extremists from harassing and intimidating patients and front-line workers when getting the vaccine.  

October 5, 2021

Sacramento, CA – Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 306 into law which would strengthen California’s public health infrastructure and provide greater testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STI).  Authored by Senator Dr. Richard Pan, SB 306 will expand access to STI testing remotely at home and in the community, increase access to STI treatment for patients and their partners, and update state law to boost congenital syphilis screening in the face of alarming increases in maternal-child transmission.