Press Releases

February 19, 2019

Sacramento, CA – A coalition of health care, consumer and worker advocates today announced the introduction of two bills that could deliver savings to 10 million Californians with employer-based health insurance and increase transparency in health care pricing. The two bills, AB 731 by Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) and SB 343 by Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), come as the U.S. debates the next round of reform following the Affordable Care Act.

February 19, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and state senator representing the Sacramento region, sent a letter to U.S. Surgeon General Vice Adm. Jerome M. Adams calling on him to issue a call to action on vaccine hesitancy in the United States and make this crisis a public health priority.

In the letter, Dr. Richard Pan wrote:

February 11, 2019

SACRAMENTO – The Western Association for College Admission Counseling, the largest college admissions professional organization in the state of California, announced today that they have named Dr. Richard Pan, State Senator, as their 2019 Legislator of the Year.

January 15, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Dr. Richard Pan, state senator and Chair of the Senate Select Committee on the 2020 United States Census issued the following statement after a federal judge struck down the Trump Administration’s attempt to use the 2020 Census as a political tool to prevent diverse communities from participating in the census.

December 14, 2018

Sacramento— Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and Senator representing the Sacramento area, made the following statement strongly opposing changing the terms of an agreement that has governed the deportation of individuals to Vietnam since 2008 and would potentially deport individuals before July 12, 1995:

December 7, 2018

Sacramento, CA –Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and Senator representing the Sacramento area, sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security urging the administration to abandon a proposal announced in the fall that would hurt children and families and have a chilling effect on our family-based immigration system.

October 29, 2018

Sacramento, CA – Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and state senator representing the Sacramento area, co-authored a commentary released today in Pediatrics, a journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics along with Dorit Rubinstein Reiss, a UC Hastings law professor.

To view the commentary, go here: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2018/10/25/peds.2018-2009

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.