LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Kerri Kasem, the daughter of the late radio legend Casey Kasem, testified Monday morning for a bill that will honor her father.
Kerri said her stepmother kept her and her siblings from seeing their dad during the year leading up to his death.
We spoke with Kerri after the bill passed through the Committee Monday...
Kerri and several others fighting for the bill came out full of emotion after the Committee passed her bill.
House Bill 1678 is aimed at giving the power back to the family. It states that if a relative or family member is incapacitated, the caretaker cannot refuse the family to see their loved one.
After Kerri Kasem lost her father, she passed a similar bill in California.
And now, it's her mission, as a part of Kasem Cares, to make it a law in all 50 states.
"Right in the middle of talking about the bill, they passed it out of Committee. I had never seen that happen. I'd never seen applause in a Committee hearing before and I think everybody was just understanding how simple and important this bill is to Arkansas," Kerri said.
The opposition to the bill argues there are some family members that have ill intentions to their incapacitated family, and that's why the current law is in place.
The bill now goes to the Full Senate for a vote.
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