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

Major pension changes considered for public workers in Ohio
 Ohio’s five state pension funds are all considering changes that impact millions of public workers around the state. From teachers to police, firefighters and prison workers everything is being considered from changes to cost of living increases to changes in health plans. Here’s a look at what’s being talked about: Ohio&rsquo...

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Ohio’s five state pension funds are all considering changes that impact millions of public workers around the state. From teachers to police, firefighters and prison workers everything is being considered from changes to cost of living increases to changes in health plans. Here’s a look at what’s being talked about: Ohio&rsquo...
Ohio AG DeWine ‘aggressively monitoring’ Equifax data breach
 While Massachusetts filed suit against Equifax over its massive data breach, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is “aggressively monitoring” the situation and offering tips to consumers on how to protect themselves. “Our office cannot confirm or deny consumer protection investigations of this nature unless litigation is filed...

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While Massachusetts filed suit against Equifax over its massive data breach, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is “aggressively monitoring” the situation and offering tips to consumers on how to protect themselves. “Our office cannot confirm or deny consumer protection investigations of this nature unless litigation is filed...
1 million Ohio public employees, retirees may see pension cut
 Ohio’s biggest public pension system is considering cutting the cost of living allowances for its 1-million members as a way to shore up the long-term finances of the fund. Ohio Public Employees Retirement System trustees on Wednesday discussed options that could affect all current and future retirees, including tying the cost of living...

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Ohio’s biggest public pension system is considering cutting the cost of living allowances for its 1-million members as a way to shore up the long-term finances of the fund. Ohio Public Employees Retirement System trustees on Wednesday discussed options that could affect all current and future retirees, including tying the cost of living...
Newspaper series led to Ohio Senate bill on child marriage
 After a Dayton Daily News investigation found more than 4,400 cases of underage teens marrying across the state, Ohio lawmakers are working to prohibit marriage before age 16. Ohio Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko, D-Richmond Heights, is introducing a bill that would raise the marriage age to 18 for both the bride and groom, allow marriage...

Posted: 2 days ago

After a Dayton Daily News investigation found more than 4,400 cases of underage teens marrying across the state, Ohio lawmakers are working to prohibit marriage before age 16. Ohio Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko, D-Richmond Heights, is introducing a bill that would raise the marriage age to 18 for both the bride and groom, allow marriage...
Craigslist killer appeals death sentence to Ohio Supreme Court
 The Craigslist Killer is appealing his death sentence to the Ohio Supreme Court, saying the huge swell of national publicity deprived him of a fair trial in Summit County. The high court will hear oral arguments next week from Richard Beasley, one of two people convicted in the murders of three men lured to a southeastern Ohio farm with job...

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The Craigslist Killer is appealing his death sentence to the Ohio Supreme Court, saying the huge swell of national publicity deprived him of a fair trial in Summit County. The high court will hear oral arguments next week from Richard Beasley, one of two people convicted in the murders of three men lured to a southeastern Ohio farm with job...
Lawmakers look to toughen Ohio’s vicious dog laws
 Almost three years after a Dayton woman was mauled to death by her neighbors’ two dogs, state lawmakers are pushing legislation to make it easier to hold owners of dangerous dogs accountable when their pets kill or seriously injure people. State Sen. Bill Beagle, R-Tipp City, and state Rep. Jeff Rezabek, R-Clayton, are introducing identical...

Posted: 2 days ago

Almost three years after a Dayton woman was mauled to death by her neighbors’ two dogs, state lawmakers are pushing legislation to make it easier to hold owners of dangerous dogs accountable when their pets kill or seriously injure people. State Sen. Bill Beagle, R-Tipp City, and state Rep. Jeff Rezabek, R-Clayton, are introducing identical...
Ohio Supreme Court to decide on new abortion laws
 By all accounts, abortion opponents have been racking up win after win in the Ohio Statehouse over the last six years, making it more difficult for women to terminate unwanted pregnancies. Now the Ohio Supreme Court could cement or unravel those wins, depending on how it decides two pending legal challenges. The high court heard arguments...

Posted: 3 days ago

By all accounts, abortion opponents have been racking up win after win in the Ohio Statehouse over the last six years, making it more difficult for women to terminate unwanted pregnancies. Now the Ohio Supreme Court could cement or unravel those wins, depending on how it decides two pending legal challenges. The high court heard arguments...
Ohio lawmakers seek more honors for John Glenn
 In his 95 years on earth, John H. Glenn, Jr. earned a long list of honors and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom and a public affairs college that bears his name at Ohio State University. His fans in the Ohio General Assembly — Democrats and Republicans — have a few more honors they’d like to see bestowed...

Posted: 3 days ago

In his 95 years on earth, John H. Glenn, Jr. earned a long list of honors and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom and a public affairs college that bears his name at Ohio State University. His fans in the Ohio General Assembly — Democrats and Republicans — have a few more honors they’d like to see bestowed...
Anti-puppy mill group gets go-ahead to collect voter signatures
 Animal rights advocates won approval from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine on Friday to start circulating a petition to put an anti-puppy mill issue before voters. Stop Puppy Mills Ohio is proposing a constitutional amendment to require dog breeders — those with eight or more unspayed females and annual sales of more than 15 dogs &mdash...

Posted: 6 days ago

Animal rights advocates won approval from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine on Friday to start circulating a petition to put an anti-puppy mill issue before voters. Stop Puppy Mills Ohio is proposing a constitutional amendment to require dog breeders — those with eight or more unspayed females and annual sales of more than 15 dogs &mdash...
Plea expected in case involving inmate bus death
 Update: Casey Pigge is scheduled to accept a plea agreement in connection with the death of David Johnson at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 27, according to the scheduling clerk at the Pickaway County Common Pleas Court. Messages left with his defense attorneys and Pickaway County Prosecutor Judy Wolford were not immediately returned. Previous story: CIRCLEVILLE...

Posted: 7 days ago

Update: Casey Pigge is scheduled to accept a plea agreement in connection with the death of David Johnson at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 27, according to the scheduling clerk at the Pickaway County Common Pleas Court. Messages left with his defense attorneys and Pickaway County Prosecutor Judy Wolford were not immediately returned. Previous story: CIRCLEVILLE...
Former state Rep. Gene Krebs running for Dayton-area state Senate seat
 Former state lawmaker Gene Krebs, a Republican, is running for the Ohio Senate seat now held by Bill Beagle, who is term limited. The 5th Senate district is among a handful of legislative seats that are truly competitive — meaning either political party has a decent shot at winning the race. Spending on the 5th district race in 2014...

Posted: 7 days ago

Former state lawmaker Gene Krebs, a Republican, is running for the Ohio Senate seat now held by Bill Beagle, who is term limited. The 5th Senate district is among a handful of legislative seats that are truly competitive — meaning either political party has a decent shot at winning the race. Spending on the 5th district race in 2014...