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Town Hall Meeting with Dr. Pan

Tuesday night, February 28, 2017, Dr. Pan held a Town Hall meeting on a Senate Bill he authored: SB 18 Children’s Bill of Rights.

L to R: Phil Serna, Sacramento County Supervisor, District 1; Jim Steyer, Common Sense; Dr. Pan, California Senator, District 6; Jessie Ryan Sacramento City Unified School District Board Member; Kim Williams, Director of Build Healthy Communities; Kevin McCarty, California Assembly member, District 7
L to R: Phil Serna, Sacramento County Supervisor, District 1; Jim Steyer, Common Sense; Dr. Pan, California Senator, District 6; Jessie Ryan Sacramento City Unified School District Board Member; Kim Williams, Director of Build Healthy Communities; Kevin McCarty, California Assembly member, District 7

Last year, Dr. Pan authored a Bill to mandate the vaccination of children attending public school, which was eventually signed into law. Many parents are still mad about the law, and they turned out in force to complain during the Town Hall. One of the first speakers tried to push Dr. Pan into talking about a parents right to choose what is best for their children. It was obviously a question to provoke Dr. Pan into talking about the Vaccination Law. There were many voices from the crowd trying to force the conversation. Then Ramona Garcia, Resources for Independent Living’s Board President, came to the microphone.

Ramona, RIL's Board President, speaks in support of the child vaccination law at a Town Hall on SB 18, Children's Bill of Rights.
Ramona, RIL’s Board President, speaks in support of the child vaccination law at a Town Hall on SB 18, Children’s Bill of Rights.

Ramona was a vocal advocate in support for the child vaccination bill as it was working its way through the legislature. So when she got the microphone, instead of speaking on the topic of a Children’s Bill of Rights, she spoke in support of Dr. Pan and the legislation he authored regarding child vaccinations. As a polio survivor, childhood vaccination is vitally important to her. She received scattered applause for her comments. This was a small problem compared to the vitriolic statements Ramona endured during the Legislative sessions.

Ramona, RIL's Board President, speaks in support of the child vaccination law at a Town Hall on SB 18, Children's Bill of Rights.
Ramona, RIL’s Board President, speaks in support of the child vaccination law at a Town Hall on SB 18, Children’s Bill of Rights.