FROM Richard Pan
Vaccine Exemption Ban Bill Begins Its Legislative Battle To prevent an infectious disease from traveling takes a vaccination rate of 95%. The measles epidemic that started at Disneyland spread in areas where the rate was short of 50%. California is one of 20 states allowing exemptions from vaccinations for personal beliefs. Now some legislators are trying to change that. Democrat Richard Pan of Sacramento is a doctor and a lead author of Senate Bill 277 .
California Backs Off of Food Handling Glove Law Governor Brown recently signed a state law requiring chefs and bartenders to cover their hands when handling ready-to-eat food — including olives and lemon slices. In the food and restaurant industry, there was an immediate uproar . Now it appears that protective glove may never go on — if the man who started it all gets his way. He's Assemblyman Richard Pan, also a medical doctor, a Democrat who represents Sacramento and surrounding areas.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.