**MEDIA ADVISORY** Sen. Johnson to host Kerri Kasem for Thursday committee hearing in Pontiac on guardianship bills

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Ruth Johnson will host Kasem Cares Foundation founder and President Kerri Kasem for a special on-the-road meeting of the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee in Oakland County on Thursday regarding bipartisan reforms to help prevent elder abuse and exploitation.

Kasem is also the daughter of the late Casey Kasem, a Michigan native and legendary radio host of the American Top 40 countdown.

Who:
Sen. Ruth Johnson, R-Holly;
Kerri Kasem, founder and president of the Kasem Cares Foundation and daughter of the late Casey Kasem;
Members of the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee; and
Concerned Michigan residents.

What:
Kasem will speak about bipartisan Senate reforms to help prevent elder abuse and exploitation during a special Senate committee hearing. Kasem is an advocate against elder abuse and specifically against unscrupulous guardians and family members who attempt to exploit ailing seniors and separate them from their loved ones.

When:
Thursday, June 10
3:30 p.m.

Where:
Oakland County Board of Commissioners Auditorium
1200 North Telegraph Road
Building 12E
Pontiac, MI

Note:
Johnson is the lead sponsor of Senate Bills 503-506, 526 and 527, which would reform the requirements for guardians and conservators, modify their duties, improve the procedures for appointing or removing a guardian or conservator, and set limits for the number of individuals who can be placed under the care of a single professional guardian or conservator.

The bills are sponsored by Johnson; Sen. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake; Sen. Jeff Irwin, D-Ann Arbor; and Sen. Paul Wojno, D-Warren.

The hearing is open to the public, and free parking available. A map of the Oakland County Service Center campus showing the location of Building 12 E is available at www.oakgov.com/fm/Documents/2017_OC_Campus_Brochure_v2.pdf.

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