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.

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State lawmakers are trying to hash out a final budget deal that they can send to the governor’s desk. This includes how they’ll spend money to fight the opioid epidemic while closing a more than $1 billion budget hole. But there’s a big issue that looms over the discussion.

Andy Chow

Democratic leaders in the state are making one last push to change some provisions they’re most concerned about in the state budget bill. 

Dan Konik

It’s now up to legislative leaders to come together and knock out a final budget agreement with just a little over a week before the fiscal year ends. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports the Senate debated its version for hours before passing it. 

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As the U.S. Senate prepares to unveil its health care plan, the Ohio Senate is moving with a provision that would stop enrolling a certain group of people into Medicaid. 

The ACLU of Ohio is standing up for a Columbus City School employee who posted hateful comments against LGBTQ people and the city’s Pride Festival. 

Andy Chow

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to not hear an argument from an Ohio group that claims the state’s top elections official is wrongfully tossing out ballots. 

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Lawmakers and the Kasich administration have gone back and forth on a budget issue that would change the way people with long term health problems would receive medical care. That provision is still on the table as the Senate works to craft their final draft of the budget bill.

Dan Konik

The Senate is planning to vote on its version of the budget next week, and the possibility of last minute changes means there are a lot of moving parts where no provision is safe. But the top Senate leader has at least one measure he knows he wants to pass one way or another.

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Coal plants are struggling to make a profit in Ohio. And there have been proposals from regulators and lawmakers that would help prop up those plants by passing additional costs on to customers. However, legislators say their latest plan would help a struggling plant that was created under unusual circumstances that go back 60 years. 

Karen Kasler

Local government leaders believe municipalities are taking some big hits in the latest state budget proposal. Those advocates say this could create a domino effect for cities and towns around the state.

Andy Chow

National and local leaders are voicing their support for the victims of a shooting that took place during baseball practice among members of Congress and staff in Washington DC this morning. 

Andy Chow

Local leaders are urging state lawmakers to save Ohio’s nuclear plants in fear of the impact those shutdowns would have on their communities. 

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Several Ohio cities, colleges and universities are joining a nationwide alliance to create a show of force to the country that they’re dedicated to fighting climate change. The effort comes just days after the U.S. announced plans to leave the Paris Climate Agreement. But the alliance in Ohio seems to stop at the local level.

Dan Konik

Farmers all around Ohio are turning to lawmakers to help fix what they see as a major crisis. Taxes on their land have been soaring. But making a change to the tax formula could do some damage to a different industry.

"Nan Whaley for Governor"

City government officials from around the state are mounting a charge again opioid drug companies, following the state’s announcement to sue manufacturers of powerful painkillers. And a gubernatorial candidate is helping lead the charge. 

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Some Ohio businesses are dismayed by President Donald Trump’s decision to back out of the global agreement to fight climate change. The advanced energy industry says this is a decision that can impact the more than 100,000 jobs tied to green energy in Ohio. One company said these actions have tangible consequences that hurt their bottom line.

Andy Chow

A nationally recognized health official is pleading Ohio lawmakers to put more focus and resources into the opioid epidemic.

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A doctor is breaking away from Ohio’s largest medical groups to support a proposed law that would force the state to buy drugs at a lower price. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.

Karen Kasler

Which test is best? That’s the debate among state lawmakers as Ohio schools have completely phased out state tests taken with paper and pencil in favor of online testing only. 

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A sector of the advanced energy industry is calling on lawmakers to change a provision in the budget that would automatically throw $30 million into public transit projects.

Andy Chow

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are sifting through President Donald Trump’s budget proposal, which has gotten a lot of heat from Democrats. There’s one issue that has riled up some of Ohio’s top leaders on both sides of the aisle.

Andy Chow

Politicians around the country and here in Ohio are sounding off on the allegations that a Republican congressional candidate body slammed a reporter. One top official believes this is part of a larger, cultural shift.

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A measure that would revise rules on fantasy sports, which haven’t been touched in decades, is on its way to the Senate after passing the House. 

"Ohioans Against The Deceptive Rx Ballot Issue"

A diverse team is forming to oppose a proposed law that would force the state to only buy drugs at a discounted price. The group fighting the so called “Drug Price Relief Act” features heavy-hitters from the left and right. 

About 90% of people on Medicaid are enrolled into a managed care program. A proposal floating around in the state legislature would increase that number by bringing people with long-term health problems into the fold. But Ohio’s nursing homes and assisted living communities are fighting back. 

State senators are considering a proposal to move more of Ohio’s Medicaid population into managed care. And a new study from a group representing health insurance companies in Ohio shows that managed health care for certain people saves money and proves to be more effective. 

Andy Chow

The CEO of one of Ohio’s largest energy providers made a rare appearance before state lawmakers, pleading for nuclear plant subsidies. This push comes as the company is nearing a major decision.

The Senate is now considering a proposal that would ban undocumented workers from receiving workers’ compensation if they’re injured on the job. The measure passed through the House, but not without a heated debate between two fiery lawmakers.

Andy Chow

Just a day after the first Democrat entered the race, a second Republican announced he’ll run for Secretary of State. That potentially sets up a tough primary between two established lawmakers.

Andy Chow

Democratic senators believe Ohio has reached a critical point in the opioid epidemic and needs to turn to extreme measures in order to tackle the problem. 

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