Promise Fulfilled: WHO's Simon Conway Helps Get Iowa Adult Visitation Law Inspired By Kerri Kasem Passed
April 27, 2015 at 7:12 AM (PT)
iHEARTMEDIA News-Talk WHO-A/DES MOINES afternoon host SIMON CONWAY fulfilled a promise to CASEY KASEM's daughter KERRI KASEM and helped get a law protecting visitation rights for adult children of elderly, infirm patients on the books in IOWA.
CONWAY and KERRI KASEM met at the TALK SHOW BOOT CAMP in ATLANTA in FEBRUARY, and after CONWAY heard KERRI's tale of how she and her siblings battled CASEY KASEM's wife JEAN over visitation rights, and how there is not a law in AMERICA to offer protection for the children, CONWAY made his vow. "After chatting for about five minutes, I made KERRI a promise," CONWAY said. "I told her I was going to find a way to get this law on the books in Iowa." He proceeded to call IOWA legislators from both parties to push for the law, and after the bill was introduced, it was unanimously passed by the Senate and House.
On FRIDAY (4/24), IOWA Governor TERRY BRANSTAD signed the Adult Visitation Bill into law, and KERRI KASEM was in the WHO studio with CONWAY that afternoon. "She was just so excited and a little tearful. We all were," said CONWAY. "Radio can get things done. And a 50,000 Watt blowtorch like WHO can perhaps get more things done. Now we've helped change the law."
"It was certainly fast," CONWAY added. "Just under three months from start to finish. KERRI came on my show and I found ways to remind various lawmakers that this was important. I'm so proud to have played a role in getting this on the books in IOWA."