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

ODOT wants OK to change highway speed limits depending on weather, traffic
 The Ohio Department of Transportation has the authority to impose variable speed limits on a handful of interstate stretches, based on road conditions, but now it wants permission to change speed limits anytime statewide. For example, ODOT can drop the speed limit during snow storms that hit I-90 east of Cleveland or when traffic is heavy...

Posted: 2 days ago

The Ohio Department of Transportation has the authority to impose variable speed limits on a handful of interstate stretches, based on road conditions, but now it wants permission to change speed limits anytime statewide. For example, ODOT can drop the speed limit during snow storms that hit I-90 east of Cleveland or when traffic is heavy...
New details: Ohio’s gas tax increase would start July 1 if approved
 Gov. Mike DeWine is asking lawmakers to increase the Ohio’s gas tax as early as July 1 and allow for it to change each year based on inflation. DeWine’s request for an 18-cent-per-gallon increase would put Ohio’s gas tax at 46 cents per gallon. However, it could increase to 54 cents per gallon by 2030 if it follows the recent...

Posted: 2 days ago

Gov. Mike DeWine is asking lawmakers to increase the Ohio’s gas tax as early as July 1 and allow for it to change each year based on inflation. DeWine’s request for an 18-cent-per-gallon increase would put Ohio’s gas tax at 46 cents per gallon. However, it could increase to 54 cents per gallon by 2030 if it follows the recent...
What people are saying about raising Ohio’s gas tax
 Gov. Mike DeWine will ask lawmakers today to approve an 18-cent per gallon increase in the state’s gasoline tax, which currently stands at 28-cents. An 18-cent increase would raise $1.2 billion a year to fix the state’s roads and bridges. People are split on the issue. Many say they don’t want any new taxes and the state...

Posted: 2 days ago

Gov. Mike DeWine will ask lawmakers today to approve an 18-cent per gallon increase in the state’s gasoline tax, which currently stands at 28-cents. An 18-cent increase would raise $1.2 billion a year to fix the state’s roads and bridges. People are split on the issue. Many say they don’t want any new taxes and the state...
Local drivers react negatively to Gov. DeWine’s proposed gas tax increase
 Drivers in the Miami Valley want to see improvements in local roads, but don’t believe the 18-cent increase to Ohio’s gas tax proposed by Governor Mike DeWine is the way to do it. DeWine is asking lawmakers to approve a 18-cent increase in Ohio’s 28-cents-per-gallon gas tax to raise an additional $1.2-billion a year for...

Posted: 2 days ago

Drivers in the Miami Valley want to see improvements in local roads, but don’t believe the 18-cent increase to Ohio’s gas tax proposed by Governor Mike DeWine is the way to do it. DeWine is asking lawmakers to approve a 18-cent increase in Ohio’s 28-cents-per-gallon gas tax to raise an additional $1.2-billion a year for...
Gov. DeWine to ask for 18-cent-per-gallon gas tax increase
 Gov. Mike DeWine says he will ask lawmakers to approve an 18-cent per gallon increase in the state’s gasoline tax, which currently stands at 28-cents. An 18-cent increase would raise $1.2 billion a year. Further details are expected to be released during a 9 a.m. meeting of the House Finance Committee. The transportation budget bill...

Posted: 3 days ago

Gov. Mike DeWine says he will ask lawmakers to approve an 18-cent per gallon increase in the state’s gasoline tax, which currently stands at 28-cents. An 18-cent increase would raise $1.2 billion a year. Further details are expected to be released during a 9 a.m. meeting of the House Finance Committee. The transportation budget bill...
Ohio AG says state owed $15.8M from pharmacy benefit manager
 The Ohio Attorney General is arguing the state is owed $15.8 million from a company that manages pharmacy benefits for Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation — an accusation that the company says is “without merit.” The allegation comes amid growing tensions between Gov. Mike DeWine’s administration and pharmacy...

Posted: 3 days ago

The Ohio Attorney General is arguing the state is owed $15.8 million from a company that manages pharmacy benefits for Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation — an accusation that the company says is “without merit.” The allegation comes amid growing tensions between Gov. Mike DeWine’s administration and pharmacy...
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine stops executions, wants new protocol
 Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday that he is halting executions until the state devises a new lethal injection protocol that overcomes any court challenges. He did not issue a formal stay of all executions but said “Ohio is not going to execute someone under my watch when a federal judge has found it to be cruel and unusual punishment.&rdquo...

Posted: 4 days ago

Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday that he is halting executions until the state devises a new lethal injection protocol that overcomes any court challenges. He did not issue a formal stay of all executions but said “Ohio is not going to execute someone under my watch when a federal judge has found it to be cruel and unusual punishment.&rdquo...
Gov. DeWine to ask for gas tax increase, will detail plan Thursday
 Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday that he will ask lawmakers this week to increase the state gas tax to help fund $1.5 billion in construction, maintenance and safety projects on Ohio roads and bridges. He declined to say exactly how much of an increase he will seek, saying that announcement will come Thursday when he unveils his two-year transportation...

Posted: 4 days ago

Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday that he will ask lawmakers this week to increase the state gas tax to help fund $1.5 billion in construction, maintenance and safety projects on Ohio roads and bridges. He declined to say exactly how much of an increase he will seek, saying that announcement will come Thursday when he unveils his two-year transportation...
Ohio chief justice wants major changes to state’s bail, criminal justice system
 Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, who forcefully campaigned against Issue 1 last fall, is calling for major changes to the state criminal justice system that she says will be a better deal for taxpayers and help those caught up in addiction. O’Connor, a Republican, said on Tuesday that she wants Ohio to expand...

Posted: 4 days ago

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, who forcefully campaigned against Issue 1 last fall, is calling for major changes to the state criminal justice system that she says will be a better deal for taxpayers and help those caught up in addiction. O’Connor, a Republican, said on Tuesday that she wants Ohio to expand...
Miami County state lawmaker wants to make it legal for farmers to grow hemp
 A Miami County state lawmaker wants to make it legal for farmers to grow hemp. Hemp looks like marijuana, but hemp is much more versatile in its many uses. This is why state Sen. Steve Huffman of Tipp City said he’s introducing a bill to make it legal to grow here. Huffman sponsored Ohio’s medical marijuana law. With this bill...

Posted: 5 days ago

A Miami County state lawmaker wants to make it legal for farmers to grow hemp. Hemp looks like marijuana, but hemp is much more versatile in its many uses. This is why state Sen. Steve Huffman of Tipp City said he’s introducing a bill to make it legal to grow here. Huffman sponsored Ohio’s medical marijuana law. With this bill...
Former Dayton Development Coalition leader J.P. Nauseef to lead JobsOhio
 Former Dayton Development Coalition leader J.P. Nauseef will be the next president of JobsOhio, the non-profit that heads up economic development efforts for the state. “J.P. Nauseef is the right person to lead JobsOhio,” Gov. Mike DeWine said in a written statement. “His extensive experience in the economic development...

Posted: 9 days ago

Former Dayton Development Coalition leader J.P. Nauseef will be the next president of JobsOhio, the non-profit that heads up economic development efforts for the state. “J.P. Nauseef is the right person to lead JobsOhio,” Gov. Mike DeWine said in a written statement. “His extensive experience in the economic development...