Glen Campbell’s legacy will now continue through a groundbreaking new law AP Images
Singer Glen Campbell performs at the Stagecoach Music Festival in Indio, Calif. on Friday, May 2, 2008. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)

While we’ve known about Glen Campbell’s health situation for some time, what we didn’t know was the battle behind the battle. According to Rolling Stone, it seems Glen Campbell’s eldest daughter Debby and son Travis have had an ongoing feud with their stepmother over being allowed access to visit their ailing father.

Now thanks to their hard work they and everyone else in the state of Tennessee will not have that battle thanks to a bill they lobbied intensely for.

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On Monday, May 16, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed the Campbell/Falk Act into law, which protects communication rights for people who’ve become wards of the state and those who have conservators over their financial and living situations.

Named for our dear Glen, along with Emmy-winning actor Peter Falk, the new law restricts conservators from blocking interaction with loved ones, be it in person or via phone, email or mail. And if the disabled person is unable to communicate, his or her prior relationship with the visiting person presumes consent.

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The new law now allows Debby and Travis to freely visit their father unless specifically prohibited by a court order. The singer’s wife, however, does retain the right to petition the court for restrictions if she can show just cause.

Regardless of what parts of this battle within the Campbell family are true or false, it seems to have led to a law that will protect a lot of families in the future.

Based in Chicago but often in Nashville, Ken Churilla is a contributor for Rare Country. Follow him @KenChurilla and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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