Press Releases

Jan 31

Councilmember Cheh urges Council to act on bill to protect victims of domestic violence

Bill requires that anyone served with a Temporary Protective Order (TPO) relinquish firearms in his or her possession and be barred from purchasing new firearms during the TPO period “Last weekend’s tragic homicide in White Plains, Maryland reinforces the fact that the most dangerous time for a domestic violence victim is the period immediately following the decision to end an abusive relationship –that is precisely why removing access to firearms during this period is a crucial part of combatting domestic violence and gun violence in the region...... more >
Jan 23

Council to Condemn Trump Comments

Councilmember Cheh Introduces Sense of the Council to Condemn President Trump’s Comments on Immigrants and Refugees This measure sends a message of commitment by this Council and the District of Columbia government to our immigrant communities: we welcome you here, we value you, and we will always defend your right to live lives of dignity and peace, free from bigotry and oppression in all forms,” said Councilmember Cheh.... more >
Jan 17

Statement on Wilson High School’s Graduation and Attendance Rates

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)’s recent report indicates that at least 34% of Wilson graduates did not qualify to graduate under DCPS attendance policy “...By protecting DCPS officials, we are cheating our students, and that is appalling. It will be very difficult for me to trust future claims of growing graduation rates when we have evidence today that DCPS has been cooking the books or not following their own policies.... more >
Jan 16

Media Advisory: Cheh details 9 strategies to mitigate the financial burden of the Clean Rivers Impervious Area Charge

Churches, cemeteries, and nonprofits have reportedly cut community services due to escalating DC Water bills Suggestions include: • Providing a hardship exemption or discount for nonprofit or charitable organizations and residents on fixed incomes • Encouraging DC to provide a discount on the CRIAC for customers who preserve large amounts of green space • Measuring actual storm water runoff to determine each customer’s CRIAC charge • Exempting private roads that are open to the public, such as in housing developments and cemeteries, from the CRIAC fee • Having the District of Columbia pay the CRIAC fee for public streets and sidewalks ... more >
Jan 9

Councilmember Cheh Introduces Bill to Permit Sunscreen Use at Schools

Due to sunscreen’s current status as a medication, students cannot apply sunscreen at school without a doctor’s note “Students should not be required to provide a doctor’s note in order to use their own parent-provided sunscreen at school..."... more >
Jan 9

Councilmember Cheh Introduces Sense of the Council to Support National Capital Bicycle Trail

“District residents are increasingly interested in transportation options that support the environment, promote health, and decrease traffic congestion –increasing our multi-modal infrastructure to further support cycling achieves those goals. Beyond the benefits to our existing cycling community, the trail will provide a fantastic recreational resource for those in Ward 8, where the majority of the new trail construction is planned, who want access to a safe, paved bicycle paths,” said Councilmember Cheh.... more >
Jan 5

Cheh Statement: Cars on Klingle Valley Trail long ago as August 16, 2017 and more recently on December 29th, I alerted DDOT of this problem –it is troubling that the improvements have not been made to fix what is a potentially dangerous situation.... more >
Dec 20

Op-Ed: The Council should wait on Old Hardy School lease vote

...Not having an analysis of possible uses for the Old Hardy School not only makes it more difficult for the Council to assess whether a lease with the Lab School is the best use—lacking that analysis runs counter to requirements under District law. ... more >
Dec 15

Councilmember Cheh’s Full Statement at the Roundtable on Graduation Rate Accountability

...we enroll students, put them through twelve years of schooling, and fail to provide them will a viable skillset, and then set them up for failure by giving them a worthless diploma. This is criminal.... more >
Nov 21

Councilmember Cheh Introduces the Educator Expense Tax Credit Act of 2017

Bill will provide DCPS and Charter School teachers with a $500 tax credit for classroom expenses “It is no secret that District teachers make many personal and financial sacrifices for our students –not only do many teachers report spending hundreds of dollars throughout the school year on classroom supplies, many dedicate weekends and vacation days to ensure that every student has the best chance to succeed...... more >
Nov 13

Summary of the Joint Public Roundtable on The Revitalization of Cleveland Park’s Commercial Corridor

Ultimately, the revitalization of the Cleveland Park Corridor will require collaboration between the local businesses and the District government. And, within the government, there will need to be efforts by both executive agencies and the Council... ... more >
Oct 31

Media Advisory: Janney Elementary School Honeybee Mural Ribbon Cutting this Thursday

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, November 2nd , at 2:30 pm, Councilmember Mary M. Cheh (D–Ward 3), will join the Second Lady of the United States Karen Pence, Mayor Muriel Bowser, and the Janney Elementary School community for the ribbon cutting of the latest mural in The Good of the Hive initiative. ... more >
Oct 13

Media Advisory: Cheh to Hold Hearing on District’s Plan to Tackle Snow Removal Ahead of 2017-2018 Winter Season

Meteorologists with the Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang will report on this year’s winter weather projections and Department of Public Works (DPW) Director Christopher Shorter will present the District’s “Snow Removal Operations Plan.” The hearing is an opportunity for Councilmember Cheh to hear the anticipated costs and cleanup plan for this winter’s snowfall, discuss the lessons learned from previous the year’s preparedness, and see what can be done to keep residential and commercial sidewalks clear of snow and ice.... more >
Aug 1

Media Advisory: Cheh to begin 11th Annual School Readiness Tour

School funding and overcrowding in Ward 3 schools will be a focus of this year’s tour BACKGROUND: Councilmember Cheh has conducted Schools Readiness Tours since her first year in office and every year thereafter. The purpose of these visits is to see how schools are preparing for the school year and to identify what schools need – from missing books to broken air conditioners. This year’s tours will focus on overcrowding in Ward 3 and funding concerns at Wilson High School. After these visits, Councilmember Cheh asks the Department of General Services and other agencies to provide whatever is necessary so that Ward 3 schools have everything that is needed before school begins on August 21st. ... more >
Jul 17

Statement on amendment seeking repeal of the District’s Death with Dignity Law

“Yet again, Congress has proven that its members are incapable of respecting the principle of autonomy –the autonomy of our locally-elected government and the bodily autonomy of our residents...... more >
Jun 14

T&E Committee Votes to Release Closed DGS Hearing Record

Independent of the Committee, Councilmember Cheh has released her findings and recommendations based upon the record.
Jun 8

Councilmember Cheh files an amendment to the Universal Paid Leave Act

Amendment would require covered employees and employers to split the fee designated for the Universal Paid Leave Implementation Fund "Sharing the costs of the Universal Paid Leave Act among employers and all resident and commuter employees is, I believe, a more sustainable and reasonable way to move forward in providing these benefits..."... more >
Jun 2

Councilmember Cheh calls for the District to join the United States Climate Alliance

“...the District’s involvement and early leadership will send the strong message that the nation’s Capital is not complicit with President Trump’s shortsighted, anti-science climate agenda...”... more >
May 24

Councilmember Cheh Unveils FY18 Joke Budget Priorities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a memorandum circulated today, Councilmember Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3), Chair of the Committee on Transportation and the Environment, released her top Fiscal Year 2018 budget recommendations to her colleagues. ... more >
May 11

Mayor Bowser attempts to game Council budgetary process

“The public is ill-served by the mayor’s political gamesmanship which lacks transparency and is contrary to the system of checks and balances. ... more >
May 9

Councilmember Cheh to kick-off the 2017 Pool Readiness Tour

“These tours are aimed at providing residents some assurance that their neighborhood pools and aquatic facility will be in good working order for the summer months. It is my hope that with these tours we can prevent any unnecessary closures or delayed openings due to broken equipment or lack of proper maintenance,” said Councilmember Cheh... more >
Jan 17

*Media Advisory* Letter to MPD re Muslim Liaison Unit

Councilmember Cheh calls on MPD to establish a Muslim Liaison Unit to better serve and protect Muslim residents
Jan 10

Cheh’s bill to eliminate the statute of limitations on felony sex crimes

Two similar bills were introduced by Cheh in 2013 and 2015 but never received a hearing “It is extremely important that the District eliminate the statute of limitations on felony sex crimes –especially as it concerns the rape and sexual abuse of minors. Child victims are often persuaded or threatened to believe that reporting the crime will have dire consequences. Furthermore, research indicates it can take victims years to come to terms with the abuse they have suffered. Victims often feel guilt, shame, and self-blame due to the stigma surrounding these crimes. Given these realities, perpetrators of these egregious crimes should be held accountable for their actions without an expiration date... more >
Jan 10

Cheh re-introduces the “Inmate Segregation Reduction Act of 2015”

Legislation to revise the Central Detention Facility’s solitary confinement policies “While there are certainly a number of circumstances that warrant solitary confinement, we must also recognize and work to minimize the unintended effects that solitary confinement has on inmates –unwanted effects that may actually make inmates more of a danger to the general public than they were prior to imprisonment. ... more >
Jan 10

Bill to set national standard testing/remediation standard for lead-contaminated water

Councilmember Cheh continues effort to set a national standard for the testing and remediation of lead-contaminated water “Children in the District of Columbia deserve access to safe, clean drinking water, and it is time for the government to adopt a proactive –rather than reactive, strategy towards lead control in our public water sources. ... more >
Oct 24

*MEDIA ADVISORY* Cheh to Hold Hearing on District’s Plan to Tackle Snow Removal Ahead of 2016-2017 Winter Season

The hearing is an opportunity for Councilmember Cheh to hear the anticipated costs and cleanup plan for this winter’s snowfall, discuss the lessons learned from last year’s preparedness, and see what can be done to keep residential and commercial sidewalks clear of snow and ice.... more >
Sep 21

*MEDIA ADVISORY* Death with Dignity Press Conference with Dan Diaz and Compassion & Choices

Press conference to discuss the advancement of the Death with Dignity Act of 2015
Sep 7

Councilmember Cheh to Honor the District’s First Responders

Councilmember Cheh will be joined by Council colleagues in the presentation of a Ceremonial Resolution to Engine Co. 2 after tour of Ward 3 Fire Stations
Aug 16

Councilmember Cheh to host High Hazard Intersection Site Visits in Ward 3

Dates/Locations: • Wednesday, the 17th at 8:30 am – Wisconsin Avenue & Albemarle Street, NW • Wednesday, the 17th at 5:30 pm – Connecticut Avenue & Porter Street, NW • Thursday, the 18th at 8:30 am – 39th Street & Van Ness Street, NW ... more >
Jul 22

District Heat Emergency Resources

The District is currently in a Heat Emergency. People who do not live in an air-conditioned building may take refuge at a District spray park, cooling center, recreation facility, library senior center, or other air-conditioned building.... more >
Jul 12

Council to set a national standard for the testing and remediation of lead in water at schools and daycare centers

Councilmember Cheh was joined by the full Council for the introduction of the “Childhood Lead Exposure Prevention Amendment Act of 2016” “Lead in our children’s drinking water is an urgent concern, especially for our younger children. Pediatricians have said that there is no safe lead exposure for younger children. The best way to address this issue as quickly as possible is to install and properly maintain lead-certified filters at drinking water sources and have a process in place for immediate remedial action if the filtered water test results are above 1 part per billion. ... more >
Jul 12

Councilmember Cheh introduces the “Nonwoven Disposable Products Labeling Act of 2016”

The product labeling bill will protect the District’s sewer system and environment “There are a number of products, such as baby wipes, facial tissues, and household cleaning wipes, whose packaging indicates that it is safe to flush the product down the toilet. However, this disposal mechanism results in serious –and expensive– problems for the District’s sewer system... more >
Jun 30

Statement by Councilmembers Cheh and Silverman on Pepco’s $85.5 million Rate Increase Request

“No sooner does the ink dry on the merger then Pepco issues a request for District residents to pay the largest single rate increase in decades. We predicted that this would happen and now it has come to pass in the District as it has in other jurisdictions bound to Exelon. ... more >
Jun 28

The District Goes Even Greener with the RPS Bill

Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Expansion Act of 2016 Passes Second Council Vote "In order to achieve our goal of the Sustainable DC Plan—to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2032 — we must expand our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint. ... more >
Jun 23

Councilmember Cheh shares plan to address Cleveland Park Metro flooding

“Although Tuesday’s storm was unusually strong, flooding in Cleveland Park is an ongoing issue that needs to be addressed,” said Cheh. “This is something that I’ve been working on for some time, but the challenges of coordinating between three entities—DDOT, DC Water, and WMATA--frustrated the process. But, at long last, I think we’re going to see some significant movement to address the problem.”... more >
Jun 21

Councilmembers Cheh and Grosso to Hold Joint Hearing on Lead Testing in Public Facilities

“We need full confidence that testing is reliable, results are reported to parents and the public, and immediate remediation is taken when required,”... more >
May 17

Councilmember Cheh’s Letter to the Community re Revised Family Shelter Plan

I believe moving forward on this site is the best way for Ward 3 to help the Mayor and the Council’s goal of closing DC General, which houses families in conditions which cannot be allowed to continue.... more >
May 12

Councilmember Cheh to kick-off the 2016 Pool Readiness Tour

“These tours are aimed at providing residents some assurance that their neighborhood pools and aquatic facility will be in good working order for the summer months,” said Cheh. “It is my hope that with these tours we can prevent any unnecessary closures or delayed openings due to broken equipment or lack of proper maintenance.” ... more >
May 9

Councilmember Cheh Statement on the ACLU’s Analysis of the “Empowering Males of Color” Initiative

“It’s heartbreaking that any child should be at risk of failure and I readily applaud those who want to help struggling students. However, in our eagerness to support efforts to help at-risk boys, we unintentionally left our at-risk girls behind...... more >
May 9

Cheh Media Advisory: Letter to Auditor re Snow Removal Costs/Practices

Councilmember Cheh calls on DC Auditor to investigate Department of Public Works’ (DPW) snow removal practices and costs
May 4

Transportation and the Environment Committee Marks Up the Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Report

Report restores funding to a number of vital infrastructural, educational, and wellness programs across the District
May 2

Councilmember Cheh finds DGS’s Alternative Site Analysis for Homeless Family Shelter to be Flimsy and Inadequate

“After weeks of waiting, I’m deeply disappointed by the superficial and inadequate assessment conducted by DGS. Not only does the report appear to lack proper analysis and effort, but it features the earmarks of an agency intent on saying ‘no’ without any intention of serious consideration,” said Councilmember Cheh.... more >
Apr 19

Councilmember Cheh introduces bill to revise the District’s surplus and disposition process

The “Surplus of District Land Clarification Amendment Act of 2016” to change the way the District sells, leases, or gives away District-owned property “This legislation pushes the District to more meaningfully engage with communities in the surplus process. It would ensure that communities have an opportunity to weigh in on a surplus determination early on in the process, in order to help shape any eventual RFP, rather than automatically moving to sell the property for private development,” said Councilmember Cheh. ... more >
Mar 29

Honoring Antoinette Scott: Purple Heart Recipient

As part of Women’s History Month, Councilmember Cheh to host a ceremony honoring female veteran and Purple Heart recipient Antoinette Scott
Mar 22

Media Advisory: Councilmember Cheh to host a demonstration of autonomous delivery robot

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, March 23rd at 11:30 am, Councilmember Mary M. Cheh (D – Ward 3) will host an autonomous delivery robot demonstration outside of the Wilson Building. Developed by Starship Technologies, whose founders were also the chief technical architects behind Skype, the delivery robots are designed to transport parcels along the sidewalk and cut consumer costs of package delivery. ... more >
Mar 11

Councilmember Cheh Statement on Attorney General’s filing to the Public Service Commission

“I’m delighted to read that the District government has rejected the conditions proposed by two members of the Public Service Commission. As such, the PSC previously rejected the non-unanimous settlement agreement and it is difficult to see a basis where the merger can go forward. ... more >
Mar 11

Road/Service Notice for 3/12/16 Marathon

Due to the Rock 'N' Roll Marathon this Saturday, the 12th, there will be a number of road closures and metro bus service closures.
Mar 1

Councilmember Cheh Statement on People’s Counsel Rejection of Pepco-Exelon Settlement Terms

“I applaud the decision of the People’s Counsel to reject the new settlement terms in the Pepco-Exelon merger offered by the Public Service Commission. The new deal is doomed, and the victory belongs to the people of the District of Columbia...... more >
Feb 25

Councilmember Cheh welcomes homeless shelter in Ward 3

Temporary housing facility announced for 2619 Wisconsin Avenue, NW “I applaud the Mayor for her plan to close DC General and to create smaller, decent temporary housing units for families experiencing homelessness. From the details of the plan released so far and more to be delivered, it is evident to me that this is a well-conceived strategy –one that includes on-site wraparound services and temporary housing that is well designed, safe, and crafted to fit into the community. ... more >
Feb 2

Councilmember Cheh Introduces the “Equal Pay Amendment Act of 2016”

Councilmembers Cheh, Silverman, Alexander, Nadeau, Bonds, and May co-introduce bill to close gaps in enforcement of gender-based wage discrimination WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, February 2nd, Councilmember Mary M. Cheh (D – Ward 3), Chair of the Committee on Transportation & the Environment, introduced the “Equal Pay Amendment Act of 2016.” Introduced with the support of every female Councilmember, this bill closes a number of gaps in the Human Rights Act of 1977 that impede enforcement on gender-based wage discrimination cases. “While the District is often touted as having the smallest wage gap in the country between men and women, this standard of equality is nonexistent for women of color. African American women in the District make only 55.6 cents for every dollar that their white, male counterparts make. It is time to close the gender-based pay gap for all women,” said Councilmember Cheh. ... more >
Jan 21

Resources for the 2016 Snow Emergency

Reference the following information sheet for resources during the District of Columbia's Snow Emergency.... more >
Jan 18

Dangerous Intersection Site Visit Report Now Available

DDOT details plan to address safety concerns at District's top 5 most dangerous intersections In 2015, Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh coordinated site visits to five “high crash” intersections with DDOT during an 8-day period from August 27 to September 5, 2015. The final report to address the concerns at these sites is now publicly available.... more >
Dec 8

Councilmembers Cheh, Grosso, Silverman, and Allen send letter to the Public Service Commission refuting purported benefits of Pepco-Exelon settlement

Letter critically examines the terms in the proposed settlement and urges the PSC to uphold initial ruling rejecting the merger As the Councilmembers state, “many of the alleged benefits of the settlement are either Exelon complying with existing law, agreeing to standards below those already met by Pepco, or short-term benefits that in the long-term have detrimental costs to ratepayers and the District of Columbia.” ... more >
Dec 1

Cheh introduces bill to revise solitary confinement policy in DC Jail

Councilmember Cheh Introduces “Inmate Segregation Reduction Act of 2015” The “Inmate Segregation Reduction Act” has a number of provisions that revise the solitary confinement practices at the DC Jail. Primarily, it would require the Department of Corrections to use solitary confinement only for the briefest term and under the least restrictive conditions practicable to ensure the safety of the jail. ... more >
Nov 12

Chairman Mendelson and Councilmember Cheh Introduce the “Firehouse Parking Regulation Amendment Act of 2015”

Currently, there is a lack of adequate parking available for FEMS personnel at select fire stations in the District. As firefighters are often required to carry around 65 lbs of gear to and from work, the sheer bulk and weight of the gear often prevents the use of public transportation. As there are only a handful of firehouses with this problem, the impact on public parking is expected to be minimal.... more >
Oct 23

Cheh Media Advisory: Hearing on District’s Snow Removal Plan & Snow Plow Truck Display

DPW Acting Director Christopher Shorter to present the “District’s Snow Removal Operations Plan” On Monday, October 26th, at 11:00 am, Councilmember Mary M. Cheh (D–Ward 3), Chair of the Committee on Transportation & the Environment, will hold a public hearing on D.C.’s snow readiness for the 2015-2016 winter season. This is DPW’s first winter season under Shorter’s leadership after Bill Howland retired from the agency after 11 years of service.... more >
Oct 4

A Letter from 2D Commander Gresham

Letter addresses safety concerns in Ward 3
Sep 16

Councilmember Cheh Introduces “Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Act of 2015”

New safety bill the result of collaborative effort by Councilmember Cheh, DDOT, MPD, DISB, and transportation advocates “The “Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Act” changes the way our agencies address and prioritize safety concerns in the built environment, and it also encourages users of our transportation system to engage in safer behavior –in this way we can establish a system of mutual accountability...... more >
Jun 4

Councilmember Cheh speaks out on Appeals Court ruling on Attorney General Election

Cheh legislation complies with order of the Court of Appeals “Given the ruling today by the D.C. Court of Appeals, the way forward in getting the District in the position to elect an Attorney General in the November election is for the Council to pass the legislation I introduced,” Councilmember Cheh said... more >
Jun 3

Councilmember Cheh proposes the creation of a Food Policy Council & Director

Food Policy Council and Director would grow the local food economy and expand access to food “We need a central actor in the District government to promote positive food policy,” said Cheh... more >
Jun 3

Councilmember Cheh Moves Emergency Bill to Protect Vulnerable Residents in Extreme Heat

Bill would prevent Pepco from disconnecting residential electric service when the heat index is 95 degree Fahrenheit or greater “Ten times as many people die every year in the U.S. from heat than from the cold, and yet, we only prevent Pepco from disconnecting a resident’s power during cold weather,” said Councilmember Cheh... more >
May 15

Cheh expresses concerns about school boundary recommendations submitted by Deputy Mayor’s Advisory Committee

Cheh wants plan that allow Ward 3 students to stay at local schools Attached is a letter Councilmember Mary Cheh sent yesterday to Abigail Smith, Deputy Mayor for Education, expressing concerns about the recommendations for school boundaries from the Deputy Mayor’s Advisory Committee... more >
May 14

Cheh Announces FY 2015 Committee Budget Recommendations

Proposes significant investments throughout city Cheh’s recommendations aim to (1) to support a variety of projects throughout the city; (2) make significant investments in the District’s infrastructure; and (3) ensure the health of the District’s residents and environment. ... more >
May 13

Councilmember Cheh Unveils FY15 Budget Priorities

In a memorandum circulated today, Councilmember Mary M. Cheh (D – Ward 3), Chair of the Committee on Transportation and the Environment, released her top Fiscal Year 2015 budget recommendations to her colleagues.... more >
May 6

Cheh introduces bill that would require the District to construct a playground at DC General

Legislation will require the District to work with funders and the Children’s Playtime Project to identify a possible site for the playground within 30 days. This legislation calls for the Mayor to identify possible sites for the playground on DC General’s property within 30 days and to work with the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project and its funders to support the construction of a playground there as soon as possible.... more >
Apr 9

Closures on Canal Road NW Between Foxhall Road and Arizona Avenue on April 9-10, 2014

Off-peak Closure of Reservoir Road NW Between Canal Road and V Street NW on April 10, 2014 Single-lane closure on outbound (westbound) Canal Road NW, between Foxhall Road and Arizona Avenue NW, until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. Canal Road NW will be closed in both directions, between Foxhall Road and Arizona Avenue NW, on Thursday, April 10, 2014; from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ... more >
Apr 8

Statement of Councilmember Mary M. Cheh on Proposed Changes to School Assignment Policies

Cheh expresses her views on proposed changes to School Boundaries I appreciate the effort that the Deputy Mayor of Education has invested in reviewing school assignment policies. However, I want to make clear that I will vigorously oppose any plan that does not maintain the right of families to send their children to their neighborhood public schools.... more >
Apr 8

Cheh proposes fundamental reorganization of transportation agencies

Transportation Reorganization Act will spur a transparent, reflective process on the structure of transportation regulation in the District The legislation would centralize parking policy, enforcement, and adjudication in a new Department of Parking Management. It would also create a District Transit Authority that would absorb from DDOT responsibility for the planning, management, and operation of DC Streetcar, DC Circulator, and Capital Bikeshare.... more >
Apr 7

Cheh introduces legislation deregulating fares for taxis dispatched through mobile applications

The legislation also outlines regulatory requirements for ridesharing services in the District Deregulating this aspect of taxicab service in the District will benefit both consumers and drivers alike by providing increased competition and promoting consumer choice.... more >
Mar 21

Councilmember Cheh to introduce DC Clean Team program to Ward 3 businesses

Ward 3 Clean Team functions as a transitional employment opportunity for returning citizens In the District’s FY14 budget, Councilmember Cheh secured $500,000 to increase funding for the DC Clean Team grant program throughout the District, including the new team in Ward 3 along the Connecticut Avenue corridor.... more >
Mar 18

Cheh introduces legislation that would provide meals to low-income students during snow days

Legislation would ensure that low-income families with children who rely on school meals are provided with food during snow days. Cheh, who is the author of the Healthy Schools Act of 2010, introduced this legislation in an effort to ensure that the nearly 50,000 children in the District who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals do not go hungry on days schools are closed because of snow or other inclement weather. ... more >
Mar 4

Cheh re-introduces the Winter Sidewalk Safety Amendment Act

Legislation would enhance pedestrian safety by providing a real enforcement mechanism for the District’s snow removal laws. Under Cheh’s legislation, the District would impose a $25 fine on residential property owners and a $125 on commercial property owners.... more >
Mar 4

Cheh introduces legislation that would provide immunity to prostituted minors

Legislation will require the Metropolitan Police Department to refer minors to service providers consistent with their status as human trafficking victims. Today, Councilmember Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) introduced legislation that would provide immunity from prosecution for minors engaged in prostitution and would require the Metropolitan Police Department to refer those minors to the appropriate services providers that are consistent with their status as victims of human trafficking.... more >
Feb 5

Cheh to hold hearing with student leaders from Alice Deal Middle School

Students will present their proposal to the Committee and officials from DDOT for a bus shelter near Deal Middle school. WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, February 6th, Councilmember Mary M. Cheh (D–Ward 3), Chair of the Committee on Transportation and the Environment, will hold a public oversight roundtable on a proposal by Alice Deal Middle school students to add a bus shelter on Nebraska Avenue near their school. ... more >
Feb 4

Cheh introduces resolution in support of a ban on Fracking in the George Washington National Forest

Resolution highlights numerous concerns about the environmental impact on the region and the contamination of the District’s drinking water Washington, D.C. – Today, Councilmember Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) introduced a Sense of the Council Resolution supporting a ban on the mining of natural gas through horizontal hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, in the George Washington National Forest. ... more >
Feb 3

Cheh introduces resolution to End Homelessness in the District by 2020

Resolution supports the goal of the District’s Interagency Council on Homelessness to end chronic homelessness by 2020 The resolution which was jointly introduced by all 13 members of the Council, stresses the need to provide an additional 2,679 permanent supportive housing units in order to end homelessness by 2020.... more >
Jan 7

Cheh introduces legislation that will modernize the District’s Waste Management Program

Bill aims to ensure that the District will meet zero waste goal of the Sustainable DC plan. Today, Councilmember Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) introduced legislation that will drastically reform the District’s outdated waste and recycling laws by adopting 21st Century trends in recycling and waste reduction. ... more >
Jan 6

Cheh request DPR Director to justify the agency’s $54,000 trip to Houston conference

Cheh wants a five year history of the agency’s travel expenses. Attached is a letter Councilmember Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) sent last week to Sharia Shanklin, Interim Director of the District’s Department of Parks & Recreation (DPR) requesting that the agency provide her with a detailed explanation for its trip to a national parks and recreation conference in Houston, TX. ... more >
Dec 13

Cheh to hold Emergency Hearing on Wilson Pool incidents and management issues at DPR

Councilmember Mary M. Cheh (D–Ward 3), Chair of the Committee on Transportation and the Environment, will hold an emergency public hearing on the incident at the Wilson Aquatic Center and the ongoing complaints about the Department of Parks and Recreation's management and maintenance of recreation facilities.... more >
Nov 19

Cheh introduces legislation prohibiting minors from using tanning beds in the District

Bill aims to reduce the risk of young people developing skin cancer. Washington, D.C. – Today, Councilmember Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) introduced legislation that would prohibit all minors from using tanning beds at commercial tanning salons. California, Illinois, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, and Vermont have already passed similar legislation. ... more >
Nov 5

Cheh says Pepco Executive’s pay should be tied to reliability

Cheh calls on Public Service Commission to give clear and concise explanations of future rate increases. In her written testimony, Cheh called on the Public Service Commission to give serious consideration to tying executive compensation at Pepco to the reliability of their service. ... more >
Oct 2

Cheh introduces legislation to promote Farmers’ Markets in the District

Bill would increase the buying power of federal nutrition program recipients at farmers’ markets The legislation directs the Mayor to appoint a farmers’ market ambassador to assist farmers’ markets as they navigate the permitting process. ... more >
Oct 2

Cheh introduces legislation banning gay conversion therapy

Bill would prohibit licensed mental health providers from offering conversion therapy to minors. Yesterday, Councilmember Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) introduced legislation that would ban gay conversion or reparative therapy for minors.... more >
Sep 26

Councilmember Cheh requests that President Obama support Mayor Gray’s determination that all District services are essential

Cheh supports Mayor Gray's decision to continue District government operations in the event of a federal government shutdown Attached is a letter Councilmember Mary M. Cheh today sent to David Agnew, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for the Office of the President, requesting that President Obama... more >
Sep 13

Cheh to introduce emergency legislation to compensate victims of unfair tax lien sales

Supports other efforts but aims to go further Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Councilmember Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) circulated emergency legislation to address the unfair practices that have occurred during the District’s sale of tax liens. ... more >
Aug 13

MEDIA ADVISORY – Cheh Kicks Off 7th Annual Schools Readiness Tour This Week

Will work with DGS, agencies to ensure all Ward 3 schools are prepared for 2013-2014 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Wednesday, August 14 and Thursday, August 15 Councilmember Mary M. Cheh will perform her annual tour of Ward 3 schools in an effort to ensure the success of every student during the upcoming school year... more >
Aug 12

Cheh requests DGS review research to develop more a health protective policy for the use of artificial turf

Research show major health and environmental concerns with the use of artificial turf WASHINGTON, D.C. – Attached is a letter Councilmember Mary M. Cheh (Ward 3-D) today, sent to DC Department of General Services Director, Brian Hanlon, requesting ... more >
Jul 15

Cheh Introduces Legislation to Improve Early Childhood Nutrition

Bill would aim to reduce earlier childhood obesity. Washington, D.C. – Last Wednesday, Councilmember Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) introduced legislation that would require early childhood learning centers and day cares to adopt higher nutritional standards... more >
Jul 3

Cheh Advances Legislation to Ban Outdoor Smoking in D.C.

Bill would prohibit smoking in parks, trails, community facilities, swimming pools, recreation centers, and Metro bus stops. Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, the Committee on Transportation and the Environment, chaired by Councilmember Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) advanced a measure that would substantially limit outdoor smoking... more >
Jul 2

Cheh Requests the Resignation of D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe

Cheh cites FEMS inability to effectively respond to emergencies as signs of poor management Washington, D.C. – Today, Councilmember Mary M. Cheh (D – Ward 3) sent a letter to Councilmember Tommy Wells, chair of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety requesting that... more >
Jul 2

Cheh Advances a Bill to Allow Undocumented Immigrants to Apply for Driver’s Licenses

Cheh says bill will reduce the number of unlicensed and uninsured motorist on the roads Washington, D.C. – Today, the Committee on Transportation and the Environment advanced a measure authored by committee Chair, Councilmember Mary Cheh that will allow undocumented immigrants to apply for a driver’s licenses... more >
Jun 26

Cheh Secures Funding for Plan to End Homelessness in the District

Money will come from Internet sales tax on purchases WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Councilmember Mary M. Cheh (D – Ward 3) successfully secured up to $50 million annually in the District’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget to fund an effort... more >
May 8

Cheh Unveils FY14 Committee Budget Proposal

Includes funds to improve DMV service, alleys, expand popular bikeshare program WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Councilmember Mary M. Cheh (D – Ward 3), Chair of the Committee on Transportation and the Environment, released her Committee’s proposed Fiscal Year 2014 budget... more >
May 6

Cheh, Graham Layout Plan to End Homelessness in D.C. Within 10 Years

Proposal has three strategic components, two actionable items for FY14 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Councilmembers Mary M. Cheh (D – Ward 3) and Jim Graham (D – Ward 1) today called on their colleagues to eradicate homelessness in the District of Columbia... more >
Apr 9

Cheh Moves Bill to Expand Large Tract Review Process

Legislation would give community a seat at the table, increase transparency WASHINGTON, D.C. – Councilmember Mary M. Cheh (D – Ward 3) today introduced the “Large Tract Review Process Amendment Act of 2013” at the Council’s Legislative Meeting... more >
Apr 9

Cheh Honors Victims of Sexual Assault with New Legislation, Resolution

Recognizes April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in D.C. WASHINGTON, D.C. – Councilmember Mary M. Cheh (D – Ward 3) has introduced the “Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) Recognition Resolution of 2013” to mark April as SAAM in the District of Columbia... more >
Feb 25

Councilmember Cheh’s Statement on Jim Graham

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Councilmember Mary M. Cheh released the following statement on the passage of the resolution to reprimand Councilmember Jim Graham for ethics violations... more >
Feb 5

Cheh introduces bills to increase quality of health care in D.C., curb tax evasion

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Councilmember Mary M. Cheh (D–Ward 3) introduced several bills in the Committee of the Whole. Two of them, the “False Claims Act of 2013” and the “Nurses Safe Staffing Act of 2013”... more >

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