During his two-year term as an assemblyman, South Sacramento resident Richard Pan said he has focused on health care issues and ways to encourage job growth.
"Two years is not enough time to get everything done. It takes that long to find out how things work around here," Pan said.
Some of his accomplishments include passing a law that provided $90 million for local fire departments to transport Medi-Cal patients. He also worked on a bill to make it illegal to sell expired infant formula or medications.
He opposed a bill that would have banned Styrofoam food packaging products and would have potentially put Lodi's Dart Container Corporation out of business. The ban would have caused problems for small businesses throughout the state, Pan said.
"Particularly for small restaurants, there is no substitute in terms of cost and quality that would be acceptable," he said.
One of Pan's goals is to create a health benefit exchange, because it would stabilize health care costs for small businesses.
"They have low bargaining power and are at the mercy of the insurance company. If an employee has an illness, small businesses cannot spread out the costs, so they are considered high-risk," he said.
Pan said he has been to Lodi many times to meet constituents, tour Dart or visit local wineries. Pan said he can ensure that the Assembly is using good research when making policies that affect agriculture.
"I want to make sure we are not opposing things for farmers and ranchers without a scientific basis," he said. "Farmers, ranchers and farmworkers do work every day to ensure we have great food coming to our tables."