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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.

Latest from Laura A. Bischoff

Ohio key battleground in abortion fight
 Ohio is at the frontline in a battle over abortion rights that continues to rage on 44 years after the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Roe versus Wade . “I would argue, and we have the data to back this up, that Ohio and Texas are the key battleground states for the abortion debate. What happens in Ohio tends to trickle...

Posted: a day ago

Ohio is at the frontline in a battle over abortion rights that continues to rage on 44 years after the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Roe versus Wade . “I would argue, and we have the data to back this up, that Ohio and Texas are the key battleground states for the abortion debate. What happens in Ohio tends to trickle...
RTA, other transit authorities could lose strike option
 Two state House Republicans intend to introduce legislation to prohibit Ohio’s public transit unions from starting strikes like the one suffered last week by the Greater Dayton RTA, the Dayton Daily News has learned. State Reps. Mike Henne and Jeff Rezabek — both Republicans from Clayton — intend to “introduce legislation...

Posted: 7 days ago

Two state House Republicans intend to introduce legislation to prohibit Ohio’s public transit unions from starting strikes like the one suffered last week by the Greater Dayton RTA, the Dayton Daily News has learned. State Reps. Mike Henne and Jeff Rezabek — both Republicans from Clayton — intend to “introduce legislation...
Ohio uses marketing muscle to push new crisis text line
 Ohio’s suicide prevention efforts now include a crisis texting service that has been used by 15,456 people over the past three years and that has led to “active rescues” of 243 people who were in serious danger of self-harm. The crisis text line, a free service founded by Nancy Lublin and quietly launched in August 2013...

Posted: 10 days ago

Ohio’s suicide prevention efforts now include a crisis texting service that has been used by 15,456 people over the past three years and that has led to “active rescues” of 243 people who were in serious danger of self-harm. The crisis text line, a free service founded by Nancy Lublin and quietly launched in August 2013...
Gov. John Kasich: Drones, driverless cars will help fuel Ohio economy
 Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Thursday outlined plans for leveraging technology in 2017 as a way to grow the economy: drones, driver-less cars and big data. Ohio’s “Big Three” political leaders — Kasich, Senate President Larry Obhof and House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger – bragged about tax cuts and job growth over the...

Posted: 10 days ago

Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Thursday outlined plans for leveraging technology in 2017 as a way to grow the economy: drones, driver-less cars and big data. Ohio’s “Big Three” political leaders — Kasich, Senate President Larry Obhof and House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger – bragged about tax cuts and job growth over the...
Centerville HS grad prepares to step down as Army secretary
 In his eight months as Secretary of the Army, Eric Fanning said he focused on improving behavioral health services, keeping forces ahead of the latest threats from adversaries and opening military jobs to all who meet the requirements. Fanning, a 1986 Centerville High School graduate, said if he were staying on the job, he would focus on...

Posted: 11 days ago

In his eight months as Secretary of the Army, Eric Fanning said he focused on improving behavioral health services, keeping forces ahead of the latest threats from adversaries and opening military jobs to all who meet the requirements. Fanning, a 1986 Centerville High School graduate, said if he were staying on the job, he would focus on...
Report: Ending ACA may leave many Ohioans without mental health care
 More than 220,000 people in Ohio may not be able to afford care for mental illness or substance disorder such as addiction to prescription drugs if congressional Republicans scrap the 2010 health law without passing a substitute measure, a new report said. A study released Wednesday by Harvard Medical School and New York University predicts...

Posted: 11 days ago

More than 220,000 people in Ohio may not be able to afford care for mental illness or substance disorder such as addiction to prescription drugs if congressional Republicans scrap the 2010 health law without passing a substitute measure, a new report said. A study released Wednesday by Harvard Medical School and New York University predicts...
5 things to know about Dayton’s red-light camera case
 The city of Dayton’s fight to turn back on red-light and traffic cameras was before the Ohio Supreme Court Tuesday. Here’s a look at 5 things to know about the case and how we got to this point: 1. One lawmaker caught by a red light camera: Cincinnati Republican Bill Seitz, who sponsored the bill that severely limits cities use...

Posted: 12 days ago

The city of Dayton’s fight to turn back on red-light and traffic cameras was before the Ohio Supreme Court Tuesday. Here’s a look at 5 things to know about the case and how we got to this point: 1. One lawmaker caught by a red light camera: Cincinnati Republican Bill Seitz, who sponsored the bill that severely limits cities use...
Return of Dayton’s red light cameras uncertain after Supreme Court arguments
 The return of redlight cameras to busy intersections is anything but certain after the Ohio Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday over a state law designed to make it nearly impossible for cities to use them. The new law, that took effect in March 2015, imposes hefty requirements on cities that want to use the cameras: a full-time police...

Posted: 13 days ago

The return of redlight cameras to busy intersections is anything but certain after the Ohio Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday over a state law designed to make it nearly impossible for cities to use them. The new law, that took effect in March 2015, imposes hefty requirements on cities that want to use the cameras: a full-time police...
Up to 591%: Ohio has highest APR on short term loans in U.S.
 Even though Ohioans voted in 2008 to cap payday loan rates at 28 percent, lenders sidestep those limits and charge up to 591 annual percentage rates on the short term loans in Ohio — the highest rates in the nation. But a handful of lawmakers are now pushing to close legal loopholes and set stricter limits. Backing the effort is the...

Posted: 15 days ago

Even though Ohioans voted in 2008 to cap payday loan rates at 28 percent, lenders sidestep those limits and charge up to 591 annual percentage rates on the short term loans in Ohio — the highest rates in the nation. But a handful of lawmakers are now pushing to close legal loopholes and set stricter limits. Backing the effort is the...
Donald Trump defeats John Kasich in fight for Ohio Republican Party leadership
 In a stunning upset, Canton area attorney Jane Murphy Timken won a victory Friday over incumbent Matt Borges to capture the chairmanship of the Ohio Republican Party.  After two rounds of secret voting resulted in a deadlock, Timken emerged as the winner after a deal was struck in a backroom to make Timken chairman and name Borges chairman...

Posted: 16 days ago

In a stunning upset, Canton area attorney Jane Murphy Timken won a victory Friday over incumbent Matt Borges to capture the chairmanship of the Ohio Republican Party.  After two rounds of secret voting resulted in a deadlock, Timken emerged as the winner after a deal was struck in a backroom to make Timken chairman and name Borges chairman...
5 things we learned about John Kasich during lengthy press conference
 Maybe it was because Gov. John Kasich hadn’t had an Ohio press conference in quite some time, but on Wednesday he fielded a wide range of questions from reporters. Here is some news he made: Redistricting: The governor plans to include congressional redistricting reform in his two-year state budget bill and it’ll mirror the changes...

Posted: 18 days ago

Maybe it was because Gov. John Kasich hadn’t had an Ohio press conference in quite some time, but on Wednesday he fielded a wide range of questions from reporters. Here is some news he made: Redistricting: The governor plans to include congressional redistricting reform in his two-year state budget bill and it’ll mirror the changes...