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Maine Lawmakers Consider Bill Crafted by Peter Falk's Daughter

AUGUSTA, Maine - Lawmakers are considering bill inspired by the late actor Peter Falk of the hit TV series "Columbo.''

The bill, crafted by Falk's daughter, protects family members' rights to visit ailing or incapacitated loved ones. Falk became an advocate for family members' rights after taking legal action to see her father at the end of his life. Falk died in 2011.

Catherine Falk in an interview says lawmakers in more than 20 states, including Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Rhode Island, are considering similar bills.

She says the legislation honors her father and protects people who are isolated from family members.

Rep. Arthur Verow, D-Brewer, on Thursday will present the bill to the 10-member Legislative Council, which will decide if it should advance.