Judiciary Committee Passes Legislation In California To Provide Children Access To Ailing Parents; Kerri Kasem Testifies
June 26, 2014 at 4:21 AM (PT)
CALIFORNIA Assemblyman MIKE GATTO’s (D-LOS ANGELES) legislation to guarantee accommodations for adult children who want to visit their parents was passed the Senate Judiciary Committee by a vote of 6-0.
CALIFORNIA NEWSWIRE reports, "The legislation, AB 2034, seeks to protect children from being denied access to a parent by a parent’s future spouse or child. Currently, adult children are not afforded the legal right to visit an ailing parent. With divorce and remarriage becoming more prevalent, there is a greater possibility of conflict between a subsequent spouse and an ailing parent’s children from a previous marriage. GATTO’s legislation would help resolve these situations by creating a legal process for adult children to petition a court for visitation with their parent if a caretaker stands in the way."
“Conflict among family members is the last thing our loved ones want to see as they approach their final hours,” said GATTO. “I hope this bill will help decrease the heartache and stress of families already facing difficult circumstances.”
CASEY KASEM's daughter KERRI testified in support of AB 2034, saying "I saw my father every single week, talked to him, until he lost his voice, every day on the phone, and we were cut off for no reason last JULY. If this bill had been in place, my dad would still be alive today.”
View KERRI KASEM's emotional testimony below.