Kasem Cares Visitation Bill signed into law
Little Rock (KATV) —
Kerri Kasem, the daughter of the legendary radio personality Casey Kasem, appeared at the Capitol on Wednesday to declare victory after she's been on a mission to change state laws ever since her own long battle to see her father as he was dying.
“As an adult child, unless this bill is in your state, you have no rights to see your parents if the caretaker doesn’t want you to,” said Kasem.
Kasem's life is now devoted to protecting the elderly after she battled with her stepmother in court. This happened after her stepmother refused to allow Casey Kasem's children to visit him as his life slipped away.
“I was kept from my father, my brother and sister, all of his friends and family. He wasn’t allowed any type of visitation and when I went to the police, they couldn’t do anything,” said Kasem.
It took Kasem eight months in court, battling her stepmom for guardianship, before she won. Since then, in an effort to prevent other families from the same pain, Kasem has been lobbying to change state laws with the Kasem Cares Visitation Bill.
“What this bill does is allow the child to petition the court for visitation without going through a lengthy trial,” said Kasem.
On Wednesday afternoon, Governor Asa Hutchinson signed the Kasem Cares Visitation Bill into law.
“I’ve had more people in this state say we will come and support you. Arkansas rocks,” said Kerri.
Arkansas is the ninth state to pass the bill.