Press Releases

March 27, 2018

SACRAMENTO—Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins and Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), chair of the Senate Select Committee on the Census, issued the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s decision to include a citizenship question on the 2020 United States Census:

“The Trump administration’s decision to ask residents about citizenship in the 2020 Census will make that census less accurate, result in federal funding cuts to services for Californians and inequitable electoral representation for a decade.”

Silver Diamine Fluoride is a Cost-Effective and Non-Evasive Method to Help Stop Tooth Decay While Protecting California’s Youngest Dental Patients

March 7, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and state senator representing the Sacramento region, has introduced Senate Bill 1148, allowing dentists who provide care in the Medi-Cal dental program to use silver diamine fluoride (SDF) as a treatment option for dental decay. SDF is an FDA-approved liquid that can be applied to teeth to control dental decay and prevent further progression of the disease.

SB 1303 Requires that Autopsies be Conducted by Medical Experts

February 21, 2018

SACRAMENTO –Dr. Richard pan has introduced SB 1303 to ensure autopsies are conducted only by licensed physicians and forensic autopsy reports are accurate and unbiased.

“I have introduced SB 1303 because 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.”

December 12, 2017

Sacramento, CA – Dr. Richard Pan, who broke a long-standing barrier himself when he was elected as the first Asian American State Senator to represent the Sacramento region, made the following statement on the passing of Ed Lee, a pioneer in the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community:


October 18, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Senate Bill 536, a measure authored by Dr. Richard Pan, to give researchers access to data needed to comprehensively examine firearm violence was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.

“The Legislature established the University of California’s Firearm Violence Research Center last year, but they need access to raw data to adequately conduct their research,” said Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and state senator representing the Sacramento region.  “SB 536 will provide data so academic researchers can evaluate the effectiveness of policy interventions so that we can better prevent gun deaths.”

SB 536 directs the California Department of Justice to provide information on gun violence restraining orders (GVRO) to researchers affiliated with the University of California’s Firearm Violence Research Center and nonprofit educational institutions or public agencies, upon DOJ approval.

October 16, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Senate Bill 730 to establish important steps for the California Department of Education (CDE) to comply with the federal Buy American provision in school lunch and breakfast programs, was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.

October 2, 2017

Sacramento, CA – Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and Senator representing the Sacramento area made the following statement after the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 1, 2017:

September 7, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Dr. Richard Pan, pediatrician and state senator representing the Sacramento region was presented with the “Child Care Champion” Award by Parent Voices and the Child Care Law Center.

The Child Care Champion Award recognizes outstanding leadership in the California Legislature to make quality, affordable child care a reality for children and families. 

August 29, 2017

SACRAMENTO– On Tuesday, Dr. Richard Pan joined fellow State Senators Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) and Steven Bradford (D- Gardena) at the State Capitol to call for a major investment to fund clean-fuel school buses, transit vehicles and commercial medium and heavy duty trucks and move toward a diesel free California by 2030.

Senate Bill 267 will offer Sacramento City Government Cost-Effective Oversight

July 12, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Senate Bill 267 to allow the City of Sacramento to contract with the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) to investigate and enforce the City’s campaign finance ordinance passed the Assembly Local Government Committee today on a vote of 7 to 0. The measure is authored by Dr. Richard Pan and principal co-authored by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty.