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 House panel has recommended changes to a bill that would ultimately change the rates on everyone’s electric bills. The energy bill has the potential to bail out the state’s struggling nuclear plants while repealing Ohio’s green energy standards. 

Republican lawmakers are looking to draw out some of the big changes proposed in the energy bill.

The legislation originally proposed charging residential ratepayers $2.50 on their monthly electric bill to support subsidies, most of which would go to nuclear plants.

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. 

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.

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

Critics on the House floor blasted the state’s academic distress commission system that allows the state to take control of failing school districts.

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

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.

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. 

The former ECOT headquarters in the South Side of Columbus.
Dan Konik / Ohio Public Radio

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

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. 

Davis Besse nuclear power plant
Tim Rudell / WKSU

Opponents are speaking out against the bill that would prop up two struggling nuclear plants while also tossing 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.

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.

Workers build Honda Accords at the Honda factory in Marysville,ohio
Steve Brown / WOSU

The Honda plant in Marysville will suspend a second shift production line, which makes 55,000 cars a year, mostly Honda Accords. Lt. Gov. Jon Husted says this highlights the unpredictable nature of the automotive industry.

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.

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. 

Students in the classroom
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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.

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