Andy Chow

Journalist/Producer

Contact Andy at achow@statehousenews.org.

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.

Andy gained his in-depth knowledge of Statehouse issues while working for Hannah News Service, an online-based news and research publication. He also participated in the Legislative Service Commission’s Fellowship program as a production assistant for “The Ohio Channel.”

Andy earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcasting at Otterbein University and took part in the Washington Semester program through American University in Washington, D.C.

Blue Creek Wind Farm
Iberdrola Renewables

Wind energy experts are pushing back against a change made to the House energy bill, HB6, that allows municipalities to vote on wind farm projects. Opponents of the change say this will dramatically impact the wind industry. 

House Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Andy Chow

Opponents are outraged over changes made to the so-called “clean air” bill approved by a House committee. The legislation subsidizes nuclear and coal plants, repeals required support for renewable energy, and strips the ability for wind and solar to receive credits. 

Perry Nuclear Power Plant
Andy Chow

The Ohio House has dramatically changed the comprehensive energy bill that would bailout the state’s nuclear power plants and repeal alternative energy mandates. 

Jody Davis, testifies at the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of SB11. She shares stories of discrimination as a transgender woman.
Andy Chow

Several people identifying as LGBT went before a Senate committee to tell their stories of discrimination. They want lawmakers to approve a bill that would add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes under the state’s anti-discrimination law. 

A trail along Clifton Gorge found in John Bryan State Park located in Yellow Springs.
Andy Chow

A group of experts is working with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources by taking a close look at Ohio’s 75 state parks to find out what kind of improvements can be made. 

Dan Konik

A large rebate is likely in the future for about 200,000 employers in Ohio. The state’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation hopes to send $1.5 billion back to companies that pay premiums. 

U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio)
Andy Chow

The state’s two U.S. Senators are teaming up to encourage federal contractors to put more effort into buying American-made products. 

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio)
Andy Chow

A bill in the U.S. Senate is seeking to provide more financial help for children who become victims of the opioid crisis and the families who take those children in.

House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) and House clerks work on HB166, state budget bill.
Andy Chow

Among the many provisions in the two-year state budget bill, HB166, that proposes $69 billion in spending is a change to electric companies and how their profits from ratepayers is regulated. 

House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) and other House members watch the results of a vote on HB166, budget bill.
Andy Chow

The $69 billion budget bill is on its way to the Ohio Senate after an overwhelming majority of Republicans and Democrats approved it in the House. The spending plan includes an income tax cut across the board.

Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron), House minority leader, wants the General Assembly to start the process of redrawing the Congressional map.
Andy Chow

A federal court has denied Ohio’s request to delay new congressional map drawing. The request was filed after the court ruled that the current district lines are gerrymandered to benefit Republicans. The state says it’s still looking to the U.S. Supreme Court to stay the decision pending its appeal. But a top Ohio Democrat says now is the time for the state to get the ball rolling on drawing the new congressional districts. 

House Finance Committee meets to discuss changes to budget bill.
Andy Chow

The Columbus Chamber is speaking out against a change proposed in the state budget bill that would reduce a tax break for small businesses. 

PUCO Chair Sam Randazzo testifies before the Ohio House Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Andy Chow

The chair of Ohio’s regulatory authority says judging the pros and cons of the "clean energy" bill some have called a nuclear power plant bailout depends on any given goal.

Rep. Bob Cupp (R-Lima) and Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) discuss their new school funding formula at the Ohio Statehouse.
Karen Kasler

Ohio’s eight urban school districts are calling for changes to the newly-proposed school funding formula saying more factors need to be taken into account.

Andy Chow

Lawmakers in the Ohio House are looking over revisions made to the state’s two-year budget bill. The new version made several amendments to Gov. Mike DeWine’s original plan. 

House Energy And Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy Generation.
Andy Chow

Republican lawmakers are looking to draw out some of the big changes proposed in the energy bill that would ultimately change the rates on everyone’s electric bills. 

classroom desks
maroke/Shutterstock

The Ohio House has passed a bill that would end state takeovers of local school districts. The process, which has already taken over three districts, would be replaced with a different model. 

Perry Nuclear Power Plant
Dan Konik

The energy bill that would bail out nuclear plants while repealing the state’s green energy standards on utilities is collecting a variety of opponents that don’t usually take the same side.

Teens from around the state gathered in Columbus for the “We Are The Majority” rally against drug use.
Andy Chow

Thousands of teenagers from around the state gathered in Columbus for a rally against drug use as part of the "We Are The Majority" rally.

Andy Chow

The comprehensive bill that completely changed the landscape for payday lenders in Ohio will officially go into effect this weekend, nine months after it passed, giving the industry time to adjust. Supporters say the reformed short term lending industry will be a national model.

Former Vice President Joe Biden during a stop in Columbus to discuss the new overtime rules for workers. Biden is the latest Democrat to enter the 2020 presidential race.
Andy Chow

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown bowed out of the 2020 presidential race weeks ago, and many speculated that was because former Vice President Joe Biden was planning to run. 

ECOT headquarters in Columbus.
Dan Konik

A judge has denied local school districts from intervening in the civil lawsuit against what was the largest online charter school in Ohio, ECOT. 

Tom Froehle, AEP Vice President of External Affairs, testifies in front of the House Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy Generation.
Andy Chow

One of Ohio’s largest electric companies, AEP, is weighing in on the bill that would create credits for energy sources that do not produce carbon emissions while also eliminating an existing fee on ratepayers. 

House Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy Generation hears testimony from opponents.
Andy Chow

Opponents are speaking out against the bill that would prop up two struggling nuclear plants while also toss out the state’s green energy requirements for utilities. There’s a debate over whether the legislation will end up saving a person more or less on their electric bills.

2017 Honda Accord
Betto Rodrigues/Shutterstock

The Honda plant in Marysville is planning on suspending a second shift production line. The change will result in a reduced production of about 55,000 cars a year, mostly Honda Accords. Lt. Gov. Jon Husted says this highlights the unpredictable nature of the automotive industry. 

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted meets with the Common Sense Initiative’s Small Business Advisory Council.
Andy Chow

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted says the agency in charge of reducing regulatory red tape for businesses is seeing progress in cutting down its own backlog of cases. 

Chuck Jones, FirstEnergy Corp CEO, after testifying before a Senate committee in May 2017.
Andy Chow

The Ohio House is considering a piece of legislation, HB6, that will create a new fee on electric bills and scrap the state’s green energy standards. FirstEnergy Solutions’ two nuclear plants would stand to greatly benefit from the bill through large subsidies. There’s a long history between FirstEnergy Solutions and its former parent company FirstEnergy Corp, a large GOP donor.

Dave Griffing, FirstEnergy Solutions vice president of government affairs, testifying before the Ohio House Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy Generation.
Andy Chow

FirstEnergy Solutions, the owner of Ohio’s two nuclear plants, told an Ohio House energy subcommittee that the proposed energy bill, HB6, would bring parity to energy policy. 

school hallway
Dom Ernest L. Gomez/Shutterstock

Lawmakers are looking over several different bills that would revise the way the state handles school districts in academic distress. There seems to be a consensus that changes are needed, but there seems to be a debate on exactly how to go about it.

House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford)
Andy Chow

The plan to overhaul Ohio’s energy policy would get rid of the state’s green energy standards and would likely bailout nuclear power plants. The major utility company, FirstEnergy, has been strongly advocating for those two things to happen for years now. 

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