State Representatives Approve Visitation Bill Pushed by Casey Kasem's Family

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The state House of Representatives voted in favor of a visitation bill Monday that honors the late iconic radio DJ, Casey Kasem, and many others who have died in isolation.

Kasem's daughter, Kerri Kasem, said her stepmother kept her and her siblings from seeing their dad the year leading up to his death.

The legislation would allow a judge to decide who gets to visit an incapacitated person. There's currently no law in place in Arkansas, and many other states, for a judge to rule on visitation. 

State Rep. Rick Beck, R-Center Ridge, who's sponsoring the bill, said 15 other states have passed similar laws. 

During Kerri's testimony at the state capitol, she told lawmakers she spent eight months and about $350,000 fighting to see her dad in the last year of his life.  

"We were extremely close," Kerri said. "I am who I am today because of my dad. We were told straight out, 'You're never going to see your dad again.'" 

During debate on the House floor Monday, Rep. Beck said a vote for the bill is a vote for all wards in the Natural State. He cited several other Arkansans who have gone through the same thing, including a Benton man who didn't know his children's grandmother passed away until he saw it in the newspaper. 

The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.

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