Kasem’s daugh­ter ap­pears in sup­port of fam­ily visi­ta­tion bill

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - JOHN MORITZ

The daugh­ter of the late ra­dio host Casey Kasem ap­peared be­fore a leg­isla­tive com­mit­tee Mon­day to ad­vo­cate for a bill in­tended to grant re­lief to fam­ily mem­bers cut off from their in­ca­pac­i­tated rel­a­tives.

After the tes­ti­mony of Kerri Kasem and sev­eral Arkansans who also shared sto­ries of be­ing de­nied visi­ta­tion to their loved ones, the Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee rec­om­mended House Bill 1678 to the full Se­nate. Hav­ing al­ready passed the House, HB1678 could be sent to the gov­er­nor’s desk with a fa­vor­able vote in the Se­nate.

The pro­posal, spon­sored by Rep. Rick Beck, R-Cen­ter Ridge, amends the Adult Mal­treat­ment Cus­tody Act. HB1678 al­lows some­one to file a pe­ti­tion for visi­ta­tion in court if he be­lieves he has been un­fairly de­nied ac­cess to his in­ca­pac­i­tated or im­paired adult rel­a­tive by who­ever is in charge of that per­son.

Kerri Kasem said had such a law been in place in Cal­i­for­nia, she would haven’t had to face a lengthy court bat­tle to gain cus­tody of her fa­ther after be­ing de­nied visi­ta­tion near the end of his life by her step­mother, ac­tress Jean Kasem. “Once we stop the iso­la­tion, we can stop a lot of the abuse,” Kerri Kasem said.

Casey Kasem was the co-creator and first host of the Amer­i­can Top 40 ra­dio pro­gram, and the voice of Shaggy in the Scooby-Doo car­toons.

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