Kasem’s daughter appears in support of family visitation bill
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.