Press Releases

Rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are at an alarming and historic high in California and across the country

February 27, 2020

SACRAMENTO – As sexually transmitted disease rates increase at alarming and historic highs in California and across the country, Dr. Richard Pan, pediatrician and State Senator representing the Sacramento area, introduced SB 885 to expand access to STD care and coverage for low-income Californians who are uninsured, enrolled in Medi-Cal, or do not obtain services directly at a health center.

February 6, 2020

SACRAMENTO –Dr. Richard Pan, state senator representing the Sacramento region and Chair of the Senate Health Committee is in close contact with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and monitoring the response to novel coronavirus outbreak. 

“While the novel coronavirus is a serious public health concern and health officials are taking every precaution to protect the public, the risk to the general public in California remains low,” said Dr. Richard Pan, pediatrician and state senator representing the Sacramento region.

One in Five Americans Get Their News from Social Media Sources, Over 50 Percent of Teens Get Their News from YouTube

January 30, 2020

SACRAMENTO – As more Americans turn to social media as their primary news source, and as social media companies obtain larger profits from advertising dollars, Dr. Richard Pan has introduced a measure to hold social media companies to the same truth in advertising liability standards that traditional media outlets must adhere to, and bring accountability for the content social media companies recommend to users through their algorithms.

Social Media has Been Used by Shooters to Further Victimize the Subject of their Assault and it Incentives Violent Behavior by those Seeking to go Viral

January 28, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Because live-streaming violent crimes has become part of a disturbing and perverse trend, Dr. Richard Pan introduced a measure, Senate Bill 890, to prevent social media websites from being used as a tool to further traumatize victims of violent crimes and their families.

October 22, 2019

The American Academy of Pediatrics, California has established an annual award to honor an early career California pediatrician who excels in advocacy on behalf of California children.

More research shows the long-term health concerns associated with cumulative blue light exposure from our electronic screen devises; October 10th is also World Sight Day

October 9, 2019

SACRAMENTO – With more than 80 million electronic devices with digital screens in the state of California, and average screen time exceeding 9 hours per day, exposure to blue light has become a serious concern for public health. Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), Chair of the Senate Health Committee kicks off Blue Light Awareness Day by speaking to the health hazards posed by extended exposure to blue light from digital devices, in conjunction with World Sight Day

September 16, 2019

SACRAMENTO, CA – Dr. Richard Pan, pediatrician and State Senator representing the Sacramento area made the following statement in regards to the Governor’s Executive Order to reduce youth vaping consumption:

September 16, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Dr. Richard Pan, pediatrician and State Senator representing the Sacramento region, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Sacramento Vice-Mayor Eric Guerra and local community advocates announced that the Sacramento region will get an infusion of state funds to target sex trafficking. 

The state dollars will help local and state officials determine the scope of sex trafficking in Sacramento and how to combat it both in Sacramento and in other areas of the state.   

September 13, 2019

Sacramento, CA— Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and Senator representing the Sacramento area, made the following statement strongly condemning the violence that has been ramping up in the last few weeks of the legislation session and since the passage of Senate Bill 276:

 

Referendum needs 623,212 valid California voter signatures to qualify for the 2020 ballot

September 11, 2019

SACRAMENTO, CA – Dr. Richard Pan, State Senator representing the Sacramento area and author of Senate Bill 276 made the following statement in regards to the referendum filed today against Senate Bill 276:

“It is the right of any Californian to file a referendum against a law, however opponents failed in their referendum against SB 277, failed in recalling me in 2016, and failed in four lawsuits, which resulted in strong rulings by the Second and Third District courts of appeal upholding the constitutionality of SB 277.