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.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."