(KUTV) A Peter Falk bill is coming to the Utah Legislature.
Actor Peter Falk played Columbo, a rumpled detective, who was smarter than he appeared, and was one of the most popular characters ever on television.
Falk’s daughter Catherine Falk is now touring states asking for legal changes that would allow children to visit their parents in the hospital or a care facility.
“When my father was very sick, my sister and I weren’t given access. We couldn’t see him,” Catherine Falk said.
Peter Falk suffered from Alzheimer’s and died in 2011. His second wife kept his children from him in his last illness.
“It was his last days, and you just want to spend time with your father,” Catherine Falk said.
She is travelling from state to state asking for a streamlined legal process that would allow children to visit their parents.
“I’ve met with people in Utah who had the same problem,” says Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross. Weiler will sponsor a “Peter Falk” bill in the 2016 Utah legislative session.
Catherine. Falk says such bills are already pending in New York, New Jersey and Arizona.