Actor Peter Falk, best remembered for his long run as the rumpled TV detective “Columbo,” is the inspiration behind a bill that’s being considered by lawmakers in Maine, the AP reports.
“The bill was crafted by Falk’s daughter, and it protects family members’ rights to visit ailing or incapacitated loved ones,” the story reports. “Catherine Falk became an advocate for family members’ rights after taking legal action to see her father at the end of his life. Peter Falk died in 2011.”
Similar bills are reportedly under consideration in at least 20 states. The Maine measure was scheduled to be presented to the 10-member Legislative Council today.