Timeline

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This timeline depicts how much has been achieved in the goal of passing visitation legislation nationwide! There have been many who have worked tireless hours to get this done, and we are thankful to each one of you who have been part of this process. There is still much more to be done, and we are optimistic that there will be a day when visitation is a national right. This has been a group effort by many individuals and organizations. We welcome the advocacy efforts of every individual, organization, or agency in this fight against elder abuse and isolation. As we are able to unite in this mission, we will be able to bring about great change.

  • April 7, 2016

    News Update on Visitation Bill Status

    This March was a very busy month for Kasem Coalition in its efforts to get the Visitation Bill passed. The legislation’s purpose is to prevent the isolation of elderly parents from their grown children, was recently signed into law in Wisconsin by Gov. Scott Walker. Wisconsin joins Utah and Virginia, two states in the nation which also picked up the bill in March. Board members Kathleen Wright-Brawn attorney Troy Martin have been following the efforts of Kerri Kasem, founder of Kasem Cares.
    The ruling is critical when it comes to giving children greater power to fight against corrupt or negligent caregivers; this is because the version of the bill passed in Wisconsin allows family members to petition courts directly for access to their loved ones, sparing them the trouble of having to go through a costly trial process in order to attempt to get the same results, a fact highlighted by Kerri: “When you think, oh my gosh, I have to go fight for my parents. I don't have enough money for a retainer, for a lawyer, much less to go through an entire trial (which can cost upwards of six-figures). Now you don't have to do that. You can actually petition the court for visitation.” 
    Unfortunately, some high-profile cases-- including Kerri’s fight to see her father Casey (who was suffering from dementia at the time)-- have made legislation like the Visitation Bill absolutely necessary. Improved elderly care, which includes ensuring the visitation rights of grown children in seeing their parent, are among the main focuses of the Kasem Cares Foundation. Continue to check in and stay updated on the fight to get the Visitation Bill passed across the country!
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  • March 10, 2016

    Kasem Cares Gains Momentum in New Mexico

    Watch this clip from Channel 7 KOAT in New Mexico on our progress there and in 18 states!more
  • July 14, 2015

    California AB 1085 Becomes Law

    California Governor Jerry Brown signs AB 1085 into law.more
  • June 25, 2015

    California Senate Passes AB 1085

    The California Senate passes AB 1085 unanimously.more
  • June 1, 2015

    Texas HB 2665 Becomes Law

    Texas Governor Greg Abbott signs HB 2665 into law.more
  • May 25, 2015

    Texas Senate Passes HB 2665

    The Texas Senate unanimously passes HB 2665.more
  • May 22, 2015

    California AB 1085 Passes Assembly

    The California Assembly passes AB 1085 unanimously.more
  • May 8, 2015

    Texas House Passes HB 2665

    The Texas House of Representatives passes HB 2665 with a vote of 136-1.more
  • May 6, 2015

    California AB 1085 Moves Forward

    AB 1085 passes through the California Assembly Judiciary Committee on consent.more
  • April 24, 2015

    Iowa SF 306 Becomes Law

    Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signs SF 306 into law.  Kerri Kasem, Troy Martin, and the Kasem Cares Foundation are invited to the signing ceremony.more
  • April 7, 2015

    Iowa House Passes SB 306

    The Iowa House of Representatives unanimously passes SB 306.more
  • April 6, 2015

    California AB 1085 Gains Momentum

    Aaron Moreno, Robert Naylor, and Troy Martin meet with representatives from the California Assembly Judiciary Committee, California Judicial Council, and California State Bar to discuss language of AB 1085.more
  • March 17, 2015

    Iowa Senate Passes SB 306

    The Iowa Senate unanimously passes SB 306.more
  • March 9, 2015

    Texas Bill HB 2665 Submitted

    The Visitation Bill based on the language of AB 2034 is submitted to the Texas House of Representatives as HB 2665 by Representative Joe Moody.more
  • March 2, 2015

    Iowa Bill SF 360

    Senator Brad Zaun of Iowa introduces SF 360, a Visitation Bill based on AB 2034.  A similar bill, SF 306, which was proposed by Misty Davis and sponsored by Senator Paul Hogg then takes its place. Kerri Kasem and Iowa radio host, Simon Conway lobby the bill and make media appearances in favor of SF 306.more
  • February 28, 2015

    California AB 1085

    The Visitation Bill is resubmitted to the California Assembly as AB 1085.more
  • January 14, 2015

    Visitation Bill Redrafted

    The California Senate Judiciary Committee redrafts the Visitation Bill with help of Aaron Moreno, Robert Naylor, and Troy Martin.more
  • August 28, 2014

    California AB 2034 Withdrawn

    Assemblyman Mike Gatto and the Kasem Cares Foundation agree to withdraw AB 2034 and submit a new bill in the next legislative session.more
  • May 29, 2014

    California AB 2034 Submitted to Senate

    AB 2034 passes the Assembly unanimously and is submitted to the Senate.more
  • December 26, 2013

    First Version of Visitation Bill - California AB 2034

    Legislative Counsel provides first version of Visitation Bill based upon Troy Martin’s proposed language.  The first version of the Visitation Bill is numbered AB 2034.more
  • December 15, 2013

    Kasem Cares Foundation

    Catherine Falk quits the organization. The nonprofit is renamed the Kasem Cares Foundation.more
  • December 5, 2013

    Kasem-Falk Foundation

    The Kasem-Falk Foundation is officially formed. Troy Martin modifies the Visitation Bill to create a procedure for obtaining visitation without filing a petition for conservatorship.more
  • November 11, 2013

    Kerri Meets Troy Martin

    Kerri Kasem decides to form a nonprofit organization to fight for visitation rights. Catherine Falk introduces Troy Martin to Kerri Kasem. Catherine Falk requests that Troy Martin and Catherine Falk be included in the Board of Directors for this nonprofit organization, and that it use the proposed Visitation Bill drafted by Troy Martin.more
  • October 1, 2013

    Casey Kasem Isolated

    After Casey Kasem's second wife, Jean, isolates Casey from his children, family, and friends, the Kasem children hold a peaceful protest in front of Casey's home.more
  • July 6, 2011

    First Visitation Bill Proposed

    Troy Martin drafts the first proposal for the Visitation Bill after his involvement in The Conservatorship of Peter Falk. The proposal is sent to two California state legislators, but both decline to sponsor the bill.more

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