Kerri Kasem speaks in support of Marleau bill

LANSING, Mich. — The daughter of the late radio personality Casey Kasem testified in a Michigan Senate committee Tuesday in support of a bill sponsored by state Sen. Jim Marleau that would enable people to petition the court for visitation rights to adults.

Kerri Kasem spoke before the Senate Judiciary Committee in favor of Senate Bill 713, which allows for a qualified person to petition the court for visitation of an isolated adult. An isolated adult is a person who has been denied visitation with a qualified individual.

Kerri Kasem was part of a tragic situation in which her father’s spouse denied Kerri and her siblings visitation with their father as his health deteriorated.

Kerri started the Kasem Cares Foundation to establish and fight for the rights to have visitation and reasonable access to an ailing parent, especially when under the care and control of an uncooperative spouse or sibling.

Marleau became aware of the Kasem family’s troubles and introduced SB 713 to make sure a situation similar to Kerri’s did not happen to Michigan families.

The committee voted unanimously to approve SB 713, which now heads to the full Senate for consideration.

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