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 lawmakers vote to create Jesse Owens Day, honor Superman and name official state pet
 What do the barn, a shelter pet and St. Albert the Great have in common? Not much, but all three are getting recognition from state lawmakers in Senate Bill 86, a catch-all for specialty license plates, memorial names for bridges and highways and special designations. The bill consolidates a slew of bills to make special designations: Sept...

Posted: 3 days ago

What do the barn, a shelter pet and St. Albert the Great have in common? Not much, but all three are getting recognition from state lawmakers in Senate Bill 86, a catch-all for specialty license plates, memorial names for bridges and highways and special designations. The bill consolidates a slew of bills to make special designations: Sept...
Motorcyclists can wear earplugs under bill passed in Ohio House
 Motorcycle riders would have the option of wearing earplugs to protect their hearing under a bill approved Wednesday by the Ohio House. Current law prohibits motorcycle operators or vehicle drivers from wearing earphones or earplugs in both ears. But motorcyclists complain that wind and road noise can damage their hearing over the long haul...

Posted: 3 days ago

Motorcycle riders would have the option of wearing earplugs to protect their hearing under a bill approved Wednesday by the Ohio House. Current law prohibits motorcycle operators or vehicle drivers from wearing earphones or earplugs in both ears. But motorcyclists complain that wind and road noise can damage their hearing over the long haul...
Ohio looks to set up fund for cities to host more big sports events
 The Ohio House voted 81-7 Wednesday in favor of a bill that would set up a new pool of money for local communities that host major sporting events that generate extra sales tax revenues. The bill now goes to the Ohio Senate for consideration. Here is our previous story on the bill from March 21, 2018: Lawmakers are considering a bill to funnel...

Posted: 3 days ago

The Ohio House voted 81-7 Wednesday in favor of a bill that would set up a new pool of money for local communities that host major sporting events that generate extra sales tax revenues. The bill now goes to the Ohio Senate for consideration. Here is our previous story on the bill from March 21, 2018: Lawmakers are considering a bill to funnel...
Drug dealing near treatment centers in Ohio could bring stiffer penalties
 Dealing drugs outside addiction treatment centers would bring harsher penalties under a bill that won approval in the Ohio House on Wednesday. Lawmakers voted 84-0 in favor of House Bill 296, which calls for stiffer penalties for drug trafficking offenses committed with 1,000 feet of a drug treatment center, including methadone clinics that...

Posted: 4 days ago

Dealing drugs outside addiction treatment centers would bring harsher penalties under a bill that won approval in the Ohio House on Wednesday. Lawmakers voted 84-0 in favor of House Bill 296, which calls for stiffer penalties for drug trafficking offenses committed with 1,000 feet of a drug treatment center, including methadone clinics that...
Schools may soon get cursive handwriting guidelines from state
 What started out as a mandate that Ohio school children learn to write in cursive is now likely to be more of a suggestion. House Bill 58, sponsored by House Education Committee Chairman Andrew Brenner, R-Powell, passed the chamber on a 87-4 vote. Brenner’s initial idea was to require instruction in kindergarten through fifth grade...

Posted: 4 days ago

What started out as a mandate that Ohio school children learn to write in cursive is now likely to be more of a suggestion. House Bill 58, sponsored by House Education Committee Chairman Andrew Brenner, R-Powell, passed the chamber on a 87-4 vote. Brenner’s initial idea was to require instruction in kindergarten through fifth grade...
‘Stand Your Ground’ gun bill headed for vote in Ohio House next week
 A controversial ‘Stand Your Ground’ gun bill will likely get a floor vote in the Ohio House next week and even if Gov. John Kasich follows through with his veto promise, there would be enough support to override a veto, said Speaker Ryan Smith, R-Bidwell. House Bill 228 would give armed Ohioans the right to ‘stand your ground&rsquo...

Posted: 5 days ago

A controversial ‘Stand Your Ground’ gun bill will likely get a floor vote in the Ohio House next week and even if Gov. John Kasich follows through with his veto promise, there would be enough support to override a veto, said Speaker Ryan Smith, R-Bidwell. House Bill 228 would give armed Ohioans the right to ‘stand your ground&rsquo...
Gov. Kasich says it’s “not an American value to be breaking up families”
 Ohio Gov. John Kasich likened members of Congress to school children who think they need to ask permission from the principal — President Trump — before they take action on controversial topics such as immigration reform. He said everyone from Laura Bush to Bernie Sanders oppose the Trump administration’s policy to separate...

Posted: 6 days ago

Ohio Gov. John Kasich likened members of Congress to school children who think they need to ask permission from the principal — President Trump — before they take action on controversial topics such as immigration reform. He said everyone from Laura Bush to Bernie Sanders oppose the Trump administration’s policy to separate...
Retired Ohio teachers lose cost of living allowance, plan protest
 Unhappy about the loss of cost of living allowances, retired teachers plan to protest at the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio trustees meeting in Columbus on Thursday. STRS trustees voted in April 2017 to suspend the cost of living allowance as a means of shoring up the $75-billion fund. The move impacts 490,000 teachers and retirees...

Posted: 6 days ago

Unhappy about the loss of cost of living allowances, retired teachers plan to protest at the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio trustees meeting in Columbus on Thursday. STRS trustees voted in April 2017 to suspend the cost of living allowance as a means of shoring up the $75-billion fund. The move impacts 490,000 teachers and retirees...
These major changes could be coming soon to Ohio’s child support system
 Ohio’s child support system, plagued with an outdated formula used to calculate payments, $100 million a year in unpaid support and non-custodial parents who slip into the underground economy to avoid wage garnishments, may soon get its most sweeping reform in decades. The impact of newly-passed legislation on families will vary based...

Posted: 7 days ago

Ohio’s child support system, plagued with an outdated formula used to calculate payments, $100 million a year in unpaid support and non-custodial parents who slip into the underground economy to avoid wage garnishments, may soon get its most sweeping reform in decades. The impact of newly-passed legislation on families will vary based...
Plagued by problems, Ohio’s child support system is set for sweeping reforms. Here’s what would change.
 Ohio’s child support system, plagued with an outdated formula used to calculate payments, $100 million a year in unpaid support and non-custodial parents who slip into the underground economy to avoid wage garnishments, may soon get its most sweeping reform in decades. The impact of newly-passed legislation on families will vary based...

Posted: 7 days ago

Ohio’s child support system, plagued with an outdated formula used to calculate payments, $100 million a year in unpaid support and non-custodial parents who slip into the underground economy to avoid wage garnishments, may soon get its most sweeping reform in decades. The impact of newly-passed legislation on families will vary based...
Ohio set to make major changes to child support system
 Ohio’s child support system, plagued with an outdated formula used to calculate payments, $100 million a year in unpaid support and non-custodial parents who slip into the underground economy to avoid wage garnishments, may soon get its most sweeping reform in decades. The impact of newly-passed legislation on families will vary based...

Posted: 8 days ago

Ohio’s child support system, plagued with an outdated formula used to calculate payments, $100 million a year in unpaid support and non-custodial parents who slip into the underground economy to avoid wage garnishments, may soon get its most sweeping reform in decades. The impact of newly-passed legislation on families will vary based...