Andy Chow

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.

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

Under the proposal, players would have to be 18 or older and the companies running fantasy sports competitions would have to be licensed by the state.

House leaders are quick to note that fantasy sports as we know it today is entirely different than the paper-and-pencil version from the 90's.

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. 

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

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. 

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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.

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. 

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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 the House, but not without a heated debate between two fiery lawmakers.

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 the House but not without a heated debate between two fiery lawmakers.

Democratic Repr. Dan Ramos of Lorain argued that stripping workers’ comp benefits from undocumented workers would encourage bad-employer practices.

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.

Sen. Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) introduces plan to pull $200 million from the Ohio Rainy Day Fund to fight opioid addiction.
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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.

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.

Republican Sen. Frank LaRose of the Akron area had been expected to join the race for weeks. He’s focused on elections issues in the Senate, perhaps most notably passing online voter registration.

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.

The Democrats have their first official candidate running for statewide office outside of the governor’s race. 

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A group of juvenile advocates is asking the Ohio Supreme Court to require that kids speak to a lawyer before they’re asked if they wish to waive attorney representation.

A group of juvenile advocates are asking Ohio’s top court to require that kids speak to a lawyer before they’re asked if they wish to waive attorney representation.

The use of red light cameras is one of those rare issues that doesn’t split along party lines. State lawmakers have banned the use of these traffic cameras unless an officer is present. But one legislator has again proposed adding even more restrictions.

The use of red light cameras is one of those rare issues that doesn’t split along party lines. State lawmakers have banned the use of these traffic cameras unless an officer is present. But one legislator has again proposed adding even more restrictions. 

Ohio lawmakers are taking another swing at updating the state’s rules on fantasy sports. But this time the bill has support from the industry. 

A battle is brewing between a natural gas pipeline company and the state's top environmental regulators. The Ohio EPA is slapping the pipeline company with a big fine after spilling millions of gallons of pollution, on top of other violations. But, according to the state, that company is refusing to pay up.

Controversy around the pipeline increased when workers accidentally spilled millions of gallons of drilling mud into Stark County wetlands last month.
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A battle is brewing between a natural gas pipeline company and the state's top environmental regulators. The Ohio EPA is slapping the pipeline company with a big fine after spilling millions of gallons of pollution. But that company is refusing to pay up.

A battle is brewing between a natural gas pipeline company and the state's top environmental regulators. The Ohio EPA is slapping the pipeline company with a big fine after spilling millions of gallons of pollution. But that company is refusing to pay up.

A battle is brewing between a natural gas pipeline company and the state's top environmental regulators. The Ohio EPA is slapping the pipeline company with a big fine after it spilled millions of gallons of pollution. But that company is refusing to pay up.

The Ohio EPA has issued more than a dozen violations and a $430,000 fine to the company constructing the Rover pipeline, which starts in east Ohio and cuts northwest.

Republican Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel is taking another swing at running for U.S. Senate and he’s rehashing a promise he made the last time he ran against Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown. 

The controversial attempt to repeal and replace the country’s health care law is heading to the U.S. Senate where it’s expected to get much higher scrutiny than it did in the House. Both of Ohio’s senators are not happy with the current plan.

A group of young people are fighting the stigma of mental health by sharing their stories. 

Dozens of teenagers with Youth Move Ohio gathered at the steps of the Statehouse today to raise awareness of mental health issues among young people. Youth Move Ohio is a branch of the state’s National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI.

Most members of the Ohio House and Senate are strongly opposed to abortion. And that’s been reflected in laws increasingly restricting access to abortion in Ohio.D espite those odds, pro-choice groups want to make sure every lawmaker hears what they have to say on the issue before casting a vote. 

A few hundred people marched through downtown Columbus to voice their opposition to abortion restrictions and what they see as  a violation of reproductive rights.

“Repro rights are under attack so what do we do! Stand up fight back!”

A group of young people are fighting the stigma of mental health by shining a light on the issue and sharing their stories. Dozens of teenagers with Youth Move Ohio gathered at the steps of the Statehouse to raise awareness of mental health issues in young people. Youth Move Ohio is a branch of the state’s National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI.

A large majority of the House and Senate are made up of lawmakers with strong pro-life stances. And that’s been reflected in several changes to abortion laws in the past few years. Despite those odds, pro-choice groups want to make sure every lawmaker will hear what they have to say on the issue before casting a vote. 

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