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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

Wright State among colleges with food pantries
 College students typically look for ways to cut costs – stay in dumpy apartments, eat Ramen noodles, rent used textbooks, wear thrift store clothes. But hitting the food pantry? A new report on poverty from the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies identifies a dozen colleges and universities with food pantries on campus to...

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College students typically look for ways to cut costs – stay in dumpy apartments, eat Ramen noodles, rent used textbooks, wear thrift store clothes. But hitting the food pantry? A new report on poverty from the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies identifies a dozen colleges and universities with food pantries on campus to...
Smoking in a car with kids could bring $500 fine in Ohio
 People who smoke in cars with kids under age 6 could face a $500 fine if a bill proposed by a state lawmaker becomes law. “They have no say in getting into an enclosed vehicle with someone who is smoking,” said sponsor Sen. Charletta Tavares, D-Columbus. “Their little lungs breathe deeper, particularly infants. They breathe...

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People who smoke in cars with kids under age 6 could face a $500 fine if a bill proposed by a state lawmaker becomes law. “They have no say in getting into an enclosed vehicle with someone who is smoking,” said sponsor Sen. Charletta Tavares, D-Columbus. “Their little lungs breathe deeper, particularly infants. They breathe...
Ohio lawmaker pushes for protections for gays in jobs, housing
 Ohio is among more than two dozen states where discrimination in housing and employment against gay and lesbian people is legal but state Rep. Nickie Antonio, who is openly gay, says it’s time to change that. “They — we — should not have to fear that they’ll be evicted from home based on their gender identity...

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Ohio is among more than two dozen states where discrimination in housing and employment against gay and lesbian people is legal but state Rep. Nickie Antonio, who is openly gay, says it’s time to change that. “They — we — should not have to fear that they’ll be evicted from home based on their gender identity...
Ohio Senate votes to allow $5 license plate fee increase
 The Ohio Senate on Wednesday voted 33-0 in favor of a $7.86 billion transportation budget bill that includes $5.6 billion for highway construction and maintenance projects. This leaves the state gas tax at 28-cents per gallon — unchanged since July 2005. But fees Ohioans pay for license plates are likely to increase. The legislation...

Posted: 23 hours ago

The Ohio Senate on Wednesday voted 33-0 in favor of a $7.86 billion transportation budget bill that includes $5.6 billion for highway construction and maintenance projects. This leaves the state gas tax at 28-cents per gallon — unchanged since July 2005. But fees Ohioans pay for license plates are likely to increase. The legislation...
Smoking in a car with kids could bring $500 fine in Ohio
 People who smoke in cars with kids under age 6 would face a $500 fine, if a bill proposed by state Sen. Charletta Tavares becomes law. “They have no say in getting into an enclosed vehicle with someone who is smoking,” said Tavares, D-Columbus. “Their little lungs breathe deeper, particularly infants. They breathe deeper...

Posted: a day ago

People who smoke in cars with kids under age 6 would face a $500 fine, if a bill proposed by state Sen. Charletta Tavares becomes law. “They have no say in getting into an enclosed vehicle with someone who is smoking,” said Tavares, D-Columbus. “Their little lungs breathe deeper, particularly infants. They breathe deeper...
Lawmaker proposes $140 vehicle plate fee in lieu of Ohio gas taxes
 UPDATE, March 22, 3 p.m.: The Ohio Senate voted to allow a $5 license plate increase Wednesday as it passed a $7.8 billion state budget. Read the full story here. Earlier story: Ohio motorists would pay $140 a year for license plates — a 306 percent increase over current fees — but get out of paying the state’s 28 cents...

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UPDATE, March 22, 3 p.m.: The Ohio Senate voted to allow a $5 license plate increase Wednesday as it passed a $7.8 billion state budget. Read the full story here. Earlier story: Ohio motorists would pay $140 a year for license plates — a 306 percent increase over current fees — but get out of paying the state’s 28 cents...
Officials spent taxpayer money on booze, strip clubs, audit says
 Employees at a southern Ohio correctional facility stole equipment, blew money on booze, hotels and a strip club and forged receipts, according to a state audit released Tuesday. A special audit of STAR Community Justice Center, a community corrections program serving southern Ohio, uncovered $20,090 in improper spending by 11 directors and...

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Employees at a southern Ohio correctional facility stole equipment, blew money on booze, hotels and a strip club and forged receipts, according to a state audit released Tuesday. A special audit of STAR Community Justice Center, a community corrections program serving southern Ohio, uncovered $20,090 in improper spending by 11 directors and...
Would you vote to raise driver’s license fees? State may let you decide
 If counties want to increase vehicle registration fees to help pay for roads and bridges, it won’t be easy. The Senate Transportation Committee decided Monday that local voter approval should be required before counties can levy an additional $5 fee on vehicle registrations. The committee also agreed to change how gas tax revenues are...

Posted: 2 days ago

If counties want to increase vehicle registration fees to help pay for roads and bridges, it won’t be easy. The Senate Transportation Committee decided Monday that local voter approval should be required before counties can levy an additional $5 fee on vehicle registrations. The committee also agreed to change how gas tax revenues are...
Renacci jumps into governor’s race with ‘Ohio First’ campaign
 Positioning himself as businessman who operates outside politics as usual, U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, announced that he is running for governor in 2018 and he unveiled his campaign slogan: OhioFirst. Renacci, who strongly backed Republican Donald Trump for president last year, is serving his fourth term in Congress. Before entering...

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Positioning himself as businessman who operates outside politics as usual, U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, announced that he is running for governor in 2018 and he unveiled his campaign slogan: OhioFirst. Renacci, who strongly backed Republican Donald Trump for president last year, is serving his fourth term in Congress. Before entering...
Leaders react to resignation of Wright State’s president
 Wright State University president David Hopkins abruptly announced his resignation Friday surprising some students and faculty on campus. Hopkins leaves Wright State as the college is grappling with a financial crisis. The university laid off 23 employees last year and more budget cuts and layoffs are expected to be announced in April. RELATED...

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Wright State University president David Hopkins abruptly announced his resignation Friday surprising some students and faculty on campus. Hopkins leaves Wright State as the college is grappling with a financial crisis. The university laid off 23 employees last year and more budget cuts and layoffs are expected to be announced in April. RELATED...
Sheriff says elected leaders not cooperating on DUI arrest case
 Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones made explosive charges on a conservative talk radio show that Republican elected officials went to a bar with state Rep. Wes Retherford, who allegedly passed out drunk in a McDonald’s drive-thru, but now those politicos aren’t cooperating with investigators. On The Bill Cunningham Show Jones...

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Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones made explosive charges on a conservative talk radio show that Republican elected officials went to a bar with state Rep. Wes Retherford, who allegedly passed out drunk in a McDonald’s drive-thru, but now those politicos aren’t cooperating with investigators. On The Bill Cunningham Show Jones...