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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.

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Ohio House turns over ex-Speaker Rosenberger documents to FBI
 The Ohio House turned over documents held in a state office tower to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday — the same day agents searched former speaker Cliff Rosenberger’s house in Clarksville and a nearby storage unit in Wilmington. “Many of the documents were former Speaker Rosenberger’s personal effects...

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The Ohio House turned over documents held in a state office tower to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday — the same day agents searched former speaker Cliff Rosenberger’s house in Clarksville and a nearby storage unit in Wilmington. “Many of the documents were former Speaker Rosenberger’s personal effects...
What would proposed ‘Stand Your Ground’ gun bill in Ohio do?
 Pro-gun rights lawmakers moved this week toward making Ohio a “stand your ground” state. House Bill 228 passed out of a House committee this week, even though Gov. John Kasich has threatened to veto the measure. Still, the bill has substantial support from House members with 38 co-sponsors. If and when it goes to the House floor...

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Pro-gun rights lawmakers moved this week toward making Ohio a “stand your ground” state. House Bill 228 passed out of a House committee this week, even though Gov. John Kasich has threatened to veto the measure. Still, the bill has substantial support from House members with 38 co-sponsors. If and when it goes to the House floor...
Fight to lead Ohio House leads to accusations of threats, bullying
 The battle to pick an interim speaker of the Ohio House took a bizarre turn Wednesday as accusations were made about threats, bullying and extortion. State Rep. Ryan Smith, R-Bidwell, who is vying to be speaker for the remainder of the two-year session and the next session starting in January, held an extraordinary press conference outside...

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The battle to pick an interim speaker of the Ohio House took a bizarre turn Wednesday as accusations were made about threats, bullying and extortion. State Rep. Ryan Smith, R-Bidwell, who is vying to be speaker for the remainder of the two-year session and the next session starting in January, held an extraordinary press conference outside...
FBI raids home of former Ohio House Speaker Rosenberger
 Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation are searching former Ohio House speaker Cliff Rosenberger’s house in Clarksville and at a storage facility in Wilmington this morning. “We are conducting law enforcement activities in those areas,” said FBI spokesman Todd Lindgren. He declined further comment. Agents dressed...

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Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation are searching former Ohio House speaker Cliff Rosenberger’s house in Clarksville and at a storage facility in Wilmington this morning. “We are conducting law enforcement activities in those areas,” said FBI spokesman Todd Lindgren. He declined further comment. Agents dressed...
Ohio may ban sexting by anyone under 19; set up teen diversion program
 A bill that would ban sexting by anyone under age 19 and require courts to set up diversion programs for young offenders was approved by an Ohio House committee Tuesday night. Sexting is so rampant that many teens are finding troubles beyond their years in courts struggling to cope with the modern phenomenon. One study showed almost 15 percent...

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A bill that would ban sexting by anyone under age 19 and require courts to set up diversion programs for young offenders was approved by an Ohio House committee Tuesday night. Sexting is so rampant that many teens are finding troubles beyond their years in courts struggling to cope with the modern phenomenon. One study showed almost 15 percent...
Ohio closer to allowing dogs on restaurant patios statewide
 Restaurant owners and not public health officials would decide whether to allow dogs on outdoor patios and porches under a bill that passed an Ohio Senate panel Tuesday. State Sen. Bill Coley, R-West Chester, sponsored the bill. Coley, who likes to take his sheepdogs Wilby and Elwood with him on vacations, out to dinner and around town, said...

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Restaurant owners and not public health officials would decide whether to allow dogs on outdoor patios and porches under a bill that passed an Ohio Senate panel Tuesday. State Sen. Bill Coley, R-West Chester, sponsored the bill. Coley, who likes to take his sheepdogs Wilby and Elwood with him on vacations, out to dinner and around town, said...
Ohio step closer to having ‘Stand your ground’ gun law
 A controversial bill to give armed Ohioans the right to “stand your ground” in public places such as parks, roads or stores moved out of a House committee on Tuesday. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican who now supports what he calls common sense gun control, has promised to veto the bill if it reaches his desk. House Bill 228...

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A controversial bill to give armed Ohioans the right to “stand your ground” in public places such as parks, roads or stores moved out of a House committee on Tuesday. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican who now supports what he calls common sense gun control, has promised to veto the bill if it reaches his desk. House Bill 228...
Ohio inmates built computers in prison from spare parts
 Prisoners at Marion Correctional Institution built computers from harvested spare parts, pirated movies, installed illegal software and stashed a one-terabyte hard drive in a hidden compartment, according to a 27-page investigation released Tuesday by Ohio Inspector General Randy Meyer. The hidden hard drive contained pirated software, torrent...

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Prisoners at Marion Correctional Institution built computers from harvested spare parts, pirated movies, installed illegal software and stashed a one-terabyte hard drive in a hidden compartment, according to a 27-page investigation released Tuesday by Ohio Inspector General Randy Meyer. The hidden hard drive contained pirated software, torrent...
Ohio looks to decide what police body, dashboard video is public
 An Ohio House panel passed a bill Tuesday that would change which dashboard camera and police body camera videos are public and when police can withhold them from release. “This bill protects privacy rights, while also providing transparency and accountability for those involved. As new technology is utilized, we must continue to protect...

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An Ohio House panel passed a bill Tuesday that would change which dashboard camera and police body camera videos are public and when police can withhold them from release. “This bill protects privacy rights, while also providing transparency and accountability for those involved. As new technology is utilized, we must continue to protect...
Ohio voters step closer to voting on payday lending reforms
 Consumer advocates are keeping the pressure on the payday lending industry by simultaneously pushing lawmakers to adopt reforms and going forward with a ballot effort. The advocates won approval Monday for their petition language from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. Once they clear the Ohio Ballot Board, they’ll be allowed to start...

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Consumer advocates are keeping the pressure on the payday lending industry by simultaneously pushing lawmakers to adopt reforms and going forward with a ballot effort. The advocates won approval Monday for their petition language from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. Once they clear the Ohio Ballot Board, they’ll be allowed to start...
Ohio board cancels plan to announce locations of medical marijuana stores
 State officials have canceled a Wednesday meeting to announce where dozens of medical marijuana dispensaries will be located across Ohio. The Board of Pharmacy was expected to name up to 56 dispensary licensees in 28 geographic districts.  The state received 376 dispensary applications. The meeting was postponed to give more time to...

Posted: 2 days ago

State officials have canceled a Wednesday meeting to announce where dozens of medical marijuana dispensaries will be located across Ohio. The Board of Pharmacy was expected to name up to 56 dispensary licensees in 28 geographic districts.  The state received 376 dispensary applications. The meeting was postponed to give more time to...