Representative Frances Head [Republican]
Bethel ~ District 117
Towns in District: Albany Township, Andover, Bethel, Byron, Coplin, Dallas, Eustis, Gilead, Greenwood, Hanover, Lincoln, Magalloway, Mason Township, Newry, Rangeley, Rangeley, Stoneham, Stow, Upton, part of Lovell , Locke Mills, North Franklin, North Oxford, South Oxford and West Central FranklinWould be term limited: 2022
♦ State and Local Government
✉ P. O. Box 61
West Bethel, Maine 04286
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|Maine People's Alliance, Will of the Voters||0%|
|Maine People's Alliance, 2018||8%|
|Maine Conservation Voters, 2018||1 of 8, 1 Unexcused absences|
|Maine Conservation Voters, 2017||1 of 7, 1 Unexcused absences|
|Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 2017||25%|
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|LD 1044||An Act To Advance Children's Cancer Research in Maine||Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-441, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019|
This bill creates the option for an individual to make a donation upon vehicle registration or renewal in support of children's cancer research and establishes the Maine Children's Cancer Research Fund for collection of the donations. All donations are transferred quarterly to an entity determined by the Secretary of State and must be used exclusively for children's cancer research.
This amendment replaces the bill and establishes the Maine Children's Cancer Research Fund administered by the Department of Health and Human Services to support children's cancer research. Amounts available in the fund must be used to provide grants and other funding to support children's cancer research provided by research facilities in Maine that operate children's cancer programs. The amendment also requires the inclusion of a check-off provision on Maine income tax forms for taxpayers who wish to contribute to the fund. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.
LD 1044 Chaptered Law
LD 1044 Chaptered Law fiscal note
|LD 1168||Resolve, To Improve Maine's Response to Childhood Trauma||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-323, Finally passed as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 10, 2019|
This resolve directs the Commissioner of Education to convene a task force, inviting the participation of experts and interested parties, to develop guidance for kindergarten to grade 12 administrators on appropriate training and responses to childhood trauma and to submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs by December 4, 2019. The committee is authorized to submit legislation related to the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.
This amendment adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause and directs the task force convened by the Commissioner of Education, in developing guidance for kindergarten to grade 12 administrators on appropriate training and responses to childhood trauma, to consult with any other task force or work group convened by the Department of Education whose work may inform the work of this task force. The amendment also removes the requirement that the training and social and emotional learning curriculum developed by the task force be mandated.
LD 1168 Chaptered Law
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|LD 1252||An Act Regarding Snowmobile Registration Fees||Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 23, 2019|
This bill requires an annual additional $30 snowmobile registration fee, unless the registrant can show proof of membership in a snowmobile club in the State. It specifies that for a resident family residing in the same household the additional fee is $30 for up to 4 snowmobiles. Lastly, it requires the transfer of $20 collected from this additional fee to the Snowmobile Trail Fund and the transfer of $10 collected from this additional fee to the Snowmobile Enforcement Fund.
|LD 1568||An Act Authorizing the Deorganization of Magalloway Plantation||Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-339, Enacted, Signed into law June 19, 2019|
This bill provides for the deorganization of Magalloway Plantation in Oxford County, subject to approval at local referendum and execution of a withdrawal agreement from Regional School Unit No. 78.
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.
LD 1568 Chaptered Law
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|LD 77||An Act To Increase the Homestead Property Tax Exemption to $50,000 for Persons 75 Years of Age and Older||Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019|
This bill increases the property tax exemption for individuals who are 75 years of age or older from $20,000 to $50,000 for property tax years beginning on or after April 1, 2020.
|LD 192||An Act To Require an Annual Report on the Activities of the Maine Child Welfare Advisory Panel||Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-21, Enacted, Signed into law April 11, 2019|
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to submit an annual report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters on the activities of and reports produced by the child welfare advisory panel formed pursuant to the federal Children's Justice Act.
This amendment removes the date by which the Department of Health and Human Services is required to submit an annual report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters on the activities of and reports produced by the child welfare advisory panel formed pursuant to the federal Children's Justice Act.
LD 192 Chaptered Law
LD 192 Chaptered Law fiscal note
|LD 222||An Act To Prohibit Child Care Providers from Requiring Payment during Vacation Closures||Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 21, 2019|
This bill prohibits a nursery school, a certified family child care provider, a licensed child care facility or a person who provides day care in that person's home for one or 2 children whose care is paid for by state or federal funds from charging any fee for any period of time the provider is closed because the provider is on vacation. It prohibits the Department of Health and Human Services from reimbursing providers of child care services or recipients for child care services for any period of time the provider is closed because the provider is on vacation.
|LD 225||An Act Regarding Transportation Management Software and School Bus Replacement||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 4, 2019|
This bill establishes in statute the criteria for the replacement of conventional and transit-style school buses through the Department of Education and prohibits the department from requiring a school administrative unit to use a specific brand of routing and transportation management software.
|LD 373||An Act To Provide MaineCare Coverage for Dental Services to Adults with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorder, Brain Injuries and Other Related Conditions||Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-353, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 30, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to extend MaineCare dental services to a person 21 years of age or older who receives support services for adults with intellectual disabilities or autism spectrum disorder. Dental services provided to such a person must be the same as those provided under the MaineCare program to an eligible person under 21 years of age.
This amendment expands the adult dental benefit proposed in the bill to include individuals receiving home-based or community-based services under the brain injury and other related conditions waivers under Medicaid. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to seek any necessary amendments to the waivers from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. It also reallocates the provisions of the bill to the existing section in the Maine Revised Statutes governing adult dental services under the MaineCare program. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.
LD 373 Amendment H-353 fiscal note
|LD 374||RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Require That Signatures on a Direct Initiative of Legislation Come from Each State Senatorial District||Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 2, 2019|
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to require that the signatures on a petition to directly initiate legislation be of voters from each of the State's senate districts and that the number of signatures from each senate district be not less than 10% of the total votes for Governor cast in that senate district in the previous gubernatorial election. The resolution provides that, if the required votes are cast in favor of the proposed amendment to the Constitution, the proposed amendment becomes part of the Constitution on March 1, 2020 instead of on the date of the Governor's proclamation.
|LD 426||An Act To Increase the Beverage Container Redemption Reimbursement To Offset Minimum Wage Increases||Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019|
This bill increases by 1/2¢ per returned container the handling costs to be reimbursed to the dealer or local redemption center for the cost of handling beverage containers beginning March 1, 2020.
|LD 541||Resolve, To Reduce Food Waste in Schools||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-255, Finally passed, Signed into law June 3, 2019|
This resolve directs the Department of Education to develop a school food sharing policy to encourage schools and food banks to work together to collect whole and packaged school cafeteria surplus or leftover food and share it with the community.
This amendment directs the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention to collaborate to revise and disseminate by January 1, 2020 to public school food service programs throughout the State the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention's health inspection program guidance titled "Food Sharing Tables - Guidance for Schools."
LD 541 Chaptered Law
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|LD 691||An Act Regarding County Jail Funding||Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 25, 2019|
This bill requires that instead of a specific dollar amount the State provide at least 20.22% of the cost of county jail operations to the County Jail Operations Fund for distribution to county jails.
|LD 751||An Act To Reinstate the State Property Tax Deferral Program for Maine's Senior Homeowners||Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019|
This bill reinstates the State's elderly property tax deferral program, which until April 1, 1991 provided a mechanism allowing qualifying senior homeowners to defer property tax payments and required the State to pay the property taxes on behalf of the homeowners. This bill modifies the program's eligibility standards by increasing the household income threshold from less than $32,000 to less than $40,000 and adding a liquid asset limit. The bill makes the existing abatement and appeal processes available in cases in which the State Tax Assessor disagrees with the municipal assessment of a property eligible for enrollment in the program.
|LD 852||Resolve, To Establish the Task Force To Study the Coordination of Services and Expansion of Educational Programs for Young Adults with Disabilities||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-126, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 7, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.
This bill proposes to establish a task force to study the benefits, assessments and expansion of continuing education programs for young adults with disabilities after high school. The members of the task force would include a variety of experts, providers and parents, and the task force would be charged with developing recommendations to enhance the coordination of programs and recommend targeted reforms to ensure the most efficient and effective provision of services. This bill would also implement targeted reforms that have been recommended by existing or previous task forces.
|LD 940||An Act To Increase the Number of Franklin County Commissioners||Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-488 and Senate amendment S-266, Enacted, Signed into law June 18, 2019|
This bill increases the number of Franklin County commissioners from 3 to 5 and defines the 5 county commissioner districts beginning with the election to be held November 3, 2020.
This amendment requires that, upon approval by the voters of Franklin County at referendum held in November 2020, when the redistricting of the county commissioner districts is done in 2021 pursuant to the Constitution of Maine, Franklin County must be divided into 5 county commissioner districts. This amendment requires that the reapportionment for each of the new 5 districts reflect, as closely as practicable, the specified geographical composition of each district.
This amendment makes a technical correction to reflect that the current term of the commissioner for Commissioner District 3 does not expire until 2022.
LD 940 Chaptered Law
LD 940 Chaptered Law fiscal note
|LD 1021||An Act To Require the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services To Pay Court-appointed Attorneys for Certain Probate Court Cases||Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held, May 9, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill provides that when a probate court appoints an attorney for a party in a guardianship or protective proceeding, if the party is indigent or a minor, the attorney's fees must be paid by the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services.
|LD 1033||An Act To Protect Children from Accidental Injury Due to Unsafe Storage of Firearms||Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019|
This bill requires that firearms kept in a place where children reside or receive child care services or where persons prohibited from possessing firearms reside be secured in a locked container or with tamper-resistant devices that prevent them from being discharged. It excludes antique firearms from this requirement. A fine is provided for violation of the requirement, and a violation is evidence of wanton or reckless conduct in any criminal or civil case if injury or death was the result of the violation.
|LD 1123||An Act Regarding Telecommunications Infrastructure Costs||Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019|
This bill amends the laws governing development districts designated by a municipality or plantation to provide that costs associated with broadband and fiber optics expansion projects, including preparation, planning, engineering and other related costs in addition to the construction costs of such projects, whether or not such expansion projects serve residential or business areas within the municipality or plantation are authorized project costs.
|LD 1171||An Act To Prevent Sexual and Domestic Violence and To Support Survivors||Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-86, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill provides funding for sexual assault and domestic violence prevention and victim services.
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.
LD 1171 Amendment S-86 fiscal note
|LD 1198||An Act To Ensure Transparency and Participation in Maine Water Districts||Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 14, 2019|
This bill removes from the laws governing water districts and standard water districts language referencing the appointment of standard district trustees pursuant to standard district charters. It amends the law regarding appointments of trustees to provide that, if sufficient and appropriate nominations for the election of trustees have not occurred, trustees may be appointed.
|LD 1213||An Act To Repeal the Ranked-choice Voting Law||Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 21, 2019|
This bill repeals the laws governing ranked-choice voting.
|LD 1228||Resolve, Requiring the Department of Health and Human Services To Develop More Comprehensible MaineCare Benefit Letters||Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-367, Finally passed, Signed into law June 20, 2019|
This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to create a new limited benefit MaineCare card for individuals who qualify for the Medicare Savings Program, also known as the Medicare Buy-in Program. The department must issue the card to qualified individuals for use at pharmacies and providers of medical, behavioral health and other services. The department must assess the ease of use of the card to cardholders and providers of services and submit a report regarding the limited benefit MaineCare card to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters by February 1, 2021.
This amendment replaces the resolve. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to examine the letters the department sends notifying individuals of their eligibility for MaineCare and the Medicare savings program, also known as the Medicare buy-in program, and make changes to the letters to ensure the format and language of the letters are as user-friendly and comprehensible as possible. The department shall investigate the possibility of a letter that includes a tear-off or cut-out section for use as proof of eligibility for persons eligible for the Medicare savings program to carry if they do not otherwise receive a card from the department for this purpose. Any changes must be made within existing resources. The department shall report any changes to the letters and cards to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters by February 1, 2021.
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LD 1228 Chaptered Law fiscal note