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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 may legalize fireworks for private home use
 Roman candles, firecrackers, bottle rockets and other fireworks could be going off in your neighborhood 24 hours a day, seven days a week, if pending legislation becomes law. State representatives are backing a bill to dramatically change Ohioans access to consumer-grade fireworks, starting July 1, 2020. House Bill 226, sponsored by state...

Posted: 4 hours ago

Roman candles, firecrackers, bottle rockets and other fireworks could be going off in your neighborhood 24 hours a day, seven days a week, if pending legislation becomes law. State representatives are backing a bill to dramatically change Ohioans access to consumer-grade fireworks, starting July 1, 2020. House Bill 226, sponsored by state...
Battle over drug pricing comes to Ohio with costly campaign, TV ads
 The first volley of TV ads are launching this week in the campaign to convince Ohioans how to vote on a controversial drug pricing law that will be on the November ballot. The fight over the ‘Ohio Drug Price Relief Act’ is expected to be costly and contentious. A similar measure in California last year drew a record $128 million...

Posted: a day ago

The first volley of TV ads are launching this week in the campaign to convince Ohioans how to vote on a controversial drug pricing law that will be on the November ballot. The fight over the ‘Ohio Drug Price Relief Act’ is expected to be costly and contentious. A similar measure in California last year drew a record $128 million...
How much are Ohio’s governor candidates worth?
 Those running for governor in Ohio each have the same message for voters: I can relate to you. Just check out the polished videos on their YouTube channels. Jim Renacci cruises around on a Harley. Connie Pillich talks patriotism on the streets of Cincinnati. Jon Husted handles guns in his hometown. And Nan Whaley sits on the front porch,...

Posted: a day ago

Those running for governor in Ohio each have the same message for voters: I can relate to you. Just check out the polished videos on their YouTube channels. Jim Renacci cruises around on a Harley. Connie Pillich talks patriotism on the streets of Cincinnati. Jon Husted handles guns in his hometown. And Nan Whaley sits on the front porch,...
State Rep. Huffman running for Ohio Senate seat held by Bill Beagle
 Republican state representative Steve Huffman said Friday that he will run for the Ohio Senate seat now held by Bill Beagle, who is barred by term limits from running for another term. Huffman, a physician and former Miami County coroner, said he wants to continue in the Senate working on finding solutions to health care and the opiate addiction...

Posted: 4 days ago

Republican state representative Steve Huffman said Friday that he will run for the Ohio Senate seat now held by Bill Beagle, who is barred by term limits from running for another term. Huffman, a physician and former Miami County coroner, said he wants to continue in the Senate working on finding solutions to health care and the opiate addiction...
Small towns relying on traffic camera money targeted by lawmaker
 No more using traffic cameras to gin up piles of cash for the local township or small town, says state Sen. Tom Patton, R-Strongsville. “I’m just against people playing gotcha,” Patton said. Patton introduced four bills designed to end what he considers unfair speed traps operated by small local jurisdictions. The move is...

Posted: 4 days ago

No more using traffic cameras to gin up piles of cash for the local township or small town, says state Sen. Tom Patton, R-Strongsville. “I’m just against people playing gotcha,” Patton said. Patton introduced four bills designed to end what he considers unfair speed traps operated by small local jurisdictions. The move is...
Ohio House toughens penalties for attacks on first responders.
 The Ohio House gave unanimous approval on Wednesday to a bill that would impose extra prison time for criminal offenders who assault firefighters, paramedics, members of the military or federal law enforcement officers. The additional sanctions are already applied if the offender assaults an Ohio peace officer or prosecutor. RELATED: More...

Posted: 5 days ago

The Ohio House gave unanimous approval on Wednesday to a bill that would impose extra prison time for criminal offenders who assault firefighters, paramedics, members of the military or federal law enforcement officers. The additional sanctions are already applied if the offender assaults an Ohio peace officer or prosecutor. RELATED: More...
Retired Ohio police, firefighters could see changes to health plans
 Retired cops and firefighters will likely see big changes in their health care coverage but not until January 2019, said Ohio Police & Fire Pension Fund Director John J. Gallagher, Jr., on Wednesday. “This is all being done in an effort to preserve the fund and extend its solvency to allow members, especially those of a younger age...

Posted: 6 days ago

Retired cops and firefighters will likely see big changes in their health care coverage but not until January 2019, said Ohio Police & Fire Pension Fund Director John J. Gallagher, Jr., on Wednesday. “This is all being done in an effort to preserve the fund and extend its solvency to allow members, especially those of a younger age...
Ohio may declare June 12 Superman Day
 Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! Superman may literally get his day in Ohio — June 12 would be designed “Superman Day” if pending legislation becomes law. House Bill 135, sponsored by state Rep. Bill Patmon, D-Cleveland, is scheduled for a vote...

Posted: 7 days ago

Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! Superman may literally get his day in Ohio — June 12 would be designed “Superman Day” if pending legislation becomes law. House Bill 135, sponsored by state Rep. Bill Patmon, D-Cleveland, is scheduled for a vote...
House speaker owes back rent on luxury Columbus condo
 Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, R-Clarksville, disclosed this week that he owes back rent on a downtown Columbus luxury condo owned by GOP donor Ginni Ragan. “There are some areas where I’m getting her paid back, just for last year,” Rosenberger told this newspaper on Tuesday. The speaker declined to say how much he...

Posted: 7 days ago

Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, R-Clarksville, disclosed this week that he owes back rent on a downtown Columbus luxury condo owned by GOP donor Ginni Ragan. “There are some areas where I’m getting her paid back, just for last year,” Rosenberger told this newspaper on Tuesday. The speaker declined to say how much he...
Distracted driving could mean extra $100 fine in Ohio
 Distracted drivers would face stiffer penalties for moving violations — an additional $100 tacked onto the ticket — if pending legislation becomes law. State Reps. Jim Hughes, R-Columbus, and Bill Seitz, R-Cincinnati, are backing House Bill 95, which is slated for a possible vote this week in the House Transportation and Public...

Posted: 7 days ago

Distracted drivers would face stiffer penalties for moving violations — an additional $100 tacked onto the ticket — if pending legislation becomes law. State Reps. Jim Hughes, R-Columbus, and Bill Seitz, R-Cincinnati, are backing House Bill 95, which is slated for a possible vote this week in the House Transportation and Public...
KIRKERSVILLE: 'I gotta keep people safe' said worker  during deadly shooting
 Sarah Sims, 23, had just finished working a 12-hour overnight shift at Pine Kirk in Kirkersville, Ohio, and was in the basement with five co-workers and five residents when they heard loud bangs. Sims said since some residents have behavioral issues, she thought someone was throwing a chair. But a new co-worker quickly returned to the basement...

Posted: 11 days ago

Sarah Sims, 23, had just finished working a 12-hour overnight shift at Pine Kirk in Kirkersville, Ohio, and was in the basement with five co-workers and five residents when they heard loud bangs. Sims said since some residents have behavioral issues, she thought someone was throwing a chair. But a new co-worker quickly returned to the basement...