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  • The price of gas at a D.C. station on Capitol Hill was $4.38 per gallon on May 20, well above the city average of $3.87 per gallon and the regional average of $3.64 per gallon (Andrea Noble/The Washington Times)

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  • A speed camera is positioned underneath Washington Circle Park for east bound traffic  on K Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., Monday, December 30, 2013. The Metropolitan Police Department is delaying the start to issuing tickets for 130 new traffic enforcement cameras in the District. Drivers will begin getting fines for speeding and violations at stop signs, crosswalks and intersections beginning in an unannounced time in the future. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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  • Ward 3 Council member Mary M. Cheh questions members of the Metropolitan Police Department about automated camera ticket delivery delays during a meeting of the traffic enforcement task force on Tuesday. Ms. Cheh is co-chairperson of the panel. (Raymond Thompson/The Washington Times)

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  • D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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  • EDITORIAL: Mrs. Cheh's insurance scam

    The D.C. Council, always on the scout for a new way to pick the pockets of the people who live in Washington, now proposes to require gun owners to pay for exercising their constitutional rights. Under a proposal introduced by Mary M. Cheh, a member of the council, gun owners would be required to buy liability insurance.

  • D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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  • Kelly Buckland (left), of the National Council on Independent Living, at a Monday hearing at D.C. city hall, discusses the Accessible Parking Amendment Act of 2012, which would designate 1,800 parking spaces with red-top meters for the disabled. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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  • D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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  • RAYMOND THOMPSON/THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Ward 3 Council member Mary M. Cheh questions members of the Metropolitan Police Department about automated camera ticket delivery delays during a meeting of the traffic enforcement task force on Tuesday. Ms. Cheh is co-chairperson of the panel.

    Washington planning more speed cameras

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  • "Seniors will see tax relief whether they own or rent. That's very important. What the mayor had proposed would only have provided tax relief for senior property owners," said D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh, Ward 3 Democrat, of her support of the council's plan. "The council has lowered income tax for seniors and almost all District residents with the budget."

    Council overrides mayor's veto of fiscal 2015 budget →

  • "On the negative side of the ledger is how this is being managed and how the DMV is handling this and their inability to efficiently help people that are applying," said Mary M. Cheh, Ward 3 Democrat and chairwoman of the Committee on Transportation and the Environment.

    Illegal immigrants in D.C. fail written driver's test at 80% rate →

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