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Laura A. Bischoff

Laura Bischoff has worked for the Dayton Daily News since 1995 and focuses on state and federal government.  She has been assigned to the Statehouse bureau since 2001 and has broken stories on the public pension funds, Ohio State University, Ohio Medicaid and politicians of all stripes.  Her work has earned her a number of state and national reporting honors.  Prior to her current assignment, Bischoff worked as a business reporter and covered Dayton city hall. She previously covered local government for the Flint (Mich.) Journal. Bischoff was raised in Michigan and is a graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  She lives in Worthington with her husband and two sons.

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NRA-endorsed Gov. John Kasich now says it’s time for gun restrictions
 Republican Gov. John Kasich says it’s time to reconsider a ban on assault weapons — a dramatic change of heart that raises the question: Will Kasich use the bully pulpit to champion changes to gun laws in Ohio? In October, following the massacre that killed 58 people and injured more than 800 in Las Vegas, Kasich said he...

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Republican Gov. John Kasich says it’s time to reconsider a ban on assault weapons — a dramatic change of heart that raises the question: Will Kasich use the bully pulpit to champion changes to gun laws in Ohio? In October, following the massacre that killed 58 people and injured more than 800 in Las Vegas, Kasich said he...
John Kasich rips Congress, urges 'common-sense gun laws'
 Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who signed laws making it legal to carry concealed weapons at daycare facilities and college campuses, said he has “no confidence” Congress will approve what he called “common-sense gun laws” in the wake of a mass shooting last week at a Florida high school. During an interview Sunday on CNN&rsquo...

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who signed laws making it legal to carry concealed weapons at daycare facilities and college campuses, said he has “no confidence” Congress will approve what he called “common-sense gun laws” in the wake of a mass shooting last week at a Florida high school. During an interview Sunday on CNN&rsquo...
Kasich reverses his position on gun control, bashes Congress
 In a sharp departure from the views which won him the National Rifle Association’s endorsement in 2014, Ohio Gov. John Kasich said he would support new gun restrictions such as universal background checks and perhaps a ban on the sale of some semi-automatic assault weapons. During an interview Sunday on CNN’s State-of-the-Union...

Posted: 2 days ago

In a sharp departure from the views which won him the National Rifle Association’s endorsement in 2014, Ohio Gov. John Kasich said he would support new gun restrictions such as universal background checks and perhaps a ban on the sale of some semi-automatic assault weapons. During an interview Sunday on CNN’s State-of-the-Union...
Two Democrats running for governor skip voting, records show
 Democrat Jon Heavey is serious about running for Ohio governor. He poured $1.5 million into his campaign, created a snappy website and hired a team. “…I’m upset about Trump. And as a veteran with little tolerance for cowards, I’m here — quite frankly — because I’m mad as hell. Trump pretends to be...

Posted: 4 days ago

Democrat Jon Heavey is serious about running for Ohio governor. He poured $1.5 million into his campaign, created a snappy website and hired a team. “…I’m upset about Trump. And as a veteran with little tolerance for cowards, I’m here — quite frankly — because I’m mad as hell. Trump pretends to be...
Internal control ‘weaknesses’ could delay medical marijuana rollout
 A clerical error in grower license scoring and a review by the state auditor could delay the Ohio’s medical marijuana program. In a letter to Ohio Auditor Dave Yost on Thursday, Ohio Department of Commerce Director Jacqueline Williams offered to put the program on hold until issues are worked out. “Given the reservations raised...

Posted: 4 days ago

A clerical error in grower license scoring and a review by the state auditor could delay the Ohio’s medical marijuana program. In a letter to Ohio Auditor Dave Yost on Thursday, Ohio Department of Commerce Director Jacqueline Williams offered to put the program on hold until issues are worked out. “Given the reservations raised...
Ohio State Fair tragedy: State expected to settle with Fire Ball accident victims
 Victims in the Ohio State Fair accident are ready to release the state of Ohio as a party in potential litigation, the Ohio Attorney General’s office said Thursday. Dan Tierney, spokesman for Attorney General Mike DeWine, said a proposed settlement would release the state from responsibility and no state money would be paid out. This...

Posted: 5 days ago

Victims in the Ohio State Fair accident are ready to release the state of Ohio as a party in potential litigation, the Ohio Attorney General’s office said Thursday. Dan Tierney, spokesman for Attorney General Mike DeWine, said a proposed settlement would release the state from responsibility and no state money would be paid out. This...
Ohio House votes to add Wright Flyer to state seal
 In a nod to Orville and Wilbur Wright’s place in Ohio history, state lawmakers voted to add the Wright Flyer to the official state seal and coat of arms. Wright Brothers fans and family members have been pushing for the change for more than two decades. The Ohio House voted 89-3 in favor of a bill sponsored by state Rep. Rick Perales...

Posted: 6 days ago

In a nod to Orville and Wilbur Wright’s place in Ohio history, state lawmakers voted to add the Wright Flyer to the official state seal and coat of arms. Wright Brothers fans and family members have been pushing for the change for more than two decades. The Ohio House voted 89-3 in favor of a bill sponsored by state Rep. Rick Perales...
The Ohio legislature has been busy: Here are 6 bills we’re watching
 Ohio lawmakers are considering a wide array of issues at the Statehouse — everything from guns to dogs to education to abortion. Here is a look at what’s in the legislative pipeline. Education: Gov. John Kasich, and previous governors, have long held that the state Department of Education should be under the governor’s control...

Posted: 6 days ago

Ohio lawmakers are considering a wide array of issues at the Statehouse — everything from guns to dogs to education to abortion. Here is a look at what’s in the legislative pipeline. Education: Gov. John Kasich, and previous governors, have long held that the state Department of Education should be under the governor’s control...
Ohio considers raising child marriage age after DDN investigation
 An investigation by the Dayton Daily News into child marriage is prompting state lawmakers to introduce a bill that would bump up the legal marriage age to 18 for both males and females and allow 17-year-olds to marry with court approval. Current Ohio law requires brides to be at least 16 and grooms to be at least 18, but exceptions are made...

Posted: 7 days ago

An investigation by the Dayton Daily News into child marriage is prompting state lawmakers to introduce a bill that would bump up the legal marriage age to 18 for both males and females and allow 17-year-olds to marry with court approval. Current Ohio law requires brides to be at least 16 and grooms to be at least 18, but exceptions are made...
Vicious dogs: Ohio moves to change laws on dog owners
 Four years after the gruesome attack that killed Dayton resident Klonda Richey, state lawmakers are taking a double barrel approach to finally putting more teeth in the state’s vicious dog laws. State Reps. Jeff Rezabek, R-Clayton, and Steve Huffman, R-Tipp City, on Tuesday testfied on a bill in the Ohio House that mirrors legislation...

Posted: 7 days ago

Four years after the gruesome attack that killed Dayton resident Klonda Richey, state lawmakers are taking a double barrel approach to finally putting more teeth in the state’s vicious dog laws. State Reps. Jeff Rezabek, R-Clayton, and Steve Huffman, R-Tipp City, on Tuesday testfied on a bill in the Ohio House that mirrors legislation...
Cincinnati Democrat Connie Pillich expected to leave governor’s race
 Former state representative Connie Pillich — the last woman leading a Democratic ticket for governor — is expected to drop out of the race and endorse former attorney general Rich Cordray on Wednesday, sources close to the campaign said. Pillich, who could not be reached for comment, and her running mate Scott Schertzer are scheduled...

Posted: 7 days ago

Former state representative Connie Pillich — the last woman leading a Democratic ticket for governor — is expected to drop out of the race and endorse former attorney general Rich Cordray on Wednesday, sources close to the campaign said. Pillich, who could not be reached for comment, and her running mate Scott Schertzer are scheduled...