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 State awards bonus and pay hike to president
 Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake will get a 2.5 percent pay bump and a $212,242 bonus after trustees gave him his annual review on Friday. His base pay will increase to just over $870,000 a year. His benefits package also includes housing, retirement and deferred compensation, a $50,000 expense budget and $100,000 fringe benefit...

Posted: 2 days ago

Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake will get a 2.5 percent pay bump and a $212,242 bonus after trustees gave him his annual review on Friday. His base pay will increase to just over $870,000 a year. His benefits package also includes housing, retirement and deferred compensation, a $50,000 expense budget and $100,000 fringe benefit...
Alleged victims in OSU doctor sex abuse scandal speak to trustees for the first time
 For decades, Dr. Richard Strauss preyed upon young men at Ohio State University — watching them shower and groping them during medical exams – but administrators failed to put a stop to sexual abuse, seven men told OSU trustees on Friday. Strauss, who died by suicide in 2005 in California, was a faculty member, student health...

Posted: 2 days ago

For decades, Dr. Richard Strauss preyed upon young men at Ohio State University — watching them shower and groping them during medical exams – but administrators failed to put a stop to sexual abuse, seven men told OSU trustees on Friday. Strauss, who died by suicide in 2005 in California, was a faculty member, student health...
Sex abuse investigation of deceased OSU doctor near conclusion
 Investigators reported to Ohio State University trustees on Thursday that it has received 150 first-hand accounts of sexual abuse by Dr. Richard Strauss, conducted 440 interviews and reviewed 34,000 documents. Between 1979 and 1997, Strauss worked at OSU as a team doctor, faculty member and physician at the student health center. He died...

Posted: 3 days ago

Investigators reported to Ohio State University trustees on Thursday that it has received 150 first-hand accounts of sexual abuse by Dr. Richard Strauss, conducted 440 interviews and reviewed 34,000 documents. Between 1979 and 1997, Strauss worked at OSU as a team doctor, faculty member and physician at the student health center. He died...
‘Heartbeat’ abortion bill passes Ohio House
 After more than an hour of heated debate, a controversial abortion ban that Gov. John Kasich vetoed two years ago passed the Ohio House on Thursday 60-35 and now heads to the Senate where its fate is unclear. The ‘heartbeat bill’ would prohibit abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which is as early as six weeks into...

Posted: 3 days ago

After more than an hour of heated debate, a controversial abortion ban that Gov. John Kasich vetoed two years ago passed the Ohio House on Thursday 60-35 and now heads to the Senate where its fate is unclear. The ‘heartbeat bill’ would prohibit abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which is as early as six weeks into...
Ohio vets of Afghanistan war could miss out on bonus if fund runs dry
 A decade ago, Ohio voters approved a bond issue to fund bonuses for veterans but with just $2.68 million left in the program, the money could run out before the war in Afghanistan ends — raising the prospect that some veterans could miss out. The bonus payouts are scheduled to end three years after the president has declared an end...

Posted: 5 days ago

A decade ago, Ohio voters approved a bond issue to fund bonuses for veterans but with just $2.68 million left in the program, the money could run out before the war in Afghanistan ends — raising the prospect that some veterans could miss out. The bonus payouts are scheduled to end three years after the president has declared an end...
6 big issues state lawmakers could consider in the remainder of 2018
 State lawmakers will consider numerous issues when they return to Columbus this month before the two-year session ends in December. They may look at 1,005 pending bills addressing issues including abortion, gun rights, child marriage, amusement ride safety inspections and teen drivers. Some of the notable issues include: House Bill 226, sponsored...

Posted: 7 days ago

State lawmakers will consider numerous issues when they return to Columbus this month before the two-year session ends in December. They may look at 1,005 pending bills addressing issues including abortion, gun rights, child marriage, amusement ride safety inspections and teen drivers. Some of the notable issues include: House Bill 226, sponsored...
Abortion, gun bills could get votes in Ohio by end of year
 Ohio legislators return to Columbus this month for a “lame-duck” session — a mad dash of lawmaking before the two-year session ends in December and the newly elected crew takes over in January. There is no shortage of meaty and controversial topics in the statehouse pipeline: relaxing restrictions on fireworks, increasing...

Posted: 7 days ago

Ohio legislators return to Columbus this month for a “lame-duck” session — a mad dash of lawmaking before the two-year session ends in December and the newly elected crew takes over in January. There is no shortage of meaty and controversial topics in the statehouse pipeline: relaxing restrictions on fireworks, increasing...
After Issue 1 fails, state leaders vow to take up criminal justice reform
 After voters statewide rejected Issue 1 this week, state lawmakers are ready to move forward on criminal justice reforms, legislative leaders said Thursday. Ohio’s “big three” political leaders — Senate President Larry Obhof, House Speaker Ryan Smith, and Gov.-elect Mike DeWine — each applauded the failure of...

Posted: 10 days ago

After voters statewide rejected Issue 1 this week, state lawmakers are ready to move forward on criminal justice reforms, legislative leaders said Thursday. Ohio’s “big three” political leaders — Senate President Larry Obhof, House Speaker Ryan Smith, and Gov.-elect Mike DeWine — each applauded the failure of...
DeWine proposes cabinet post to focus on military issues, Wright-Patt
 Mike DeWine said Wednesday that as governor he will appoint a cabinet-level official to concentrate on military installations across Ohio, specifically mentioning Wright-Patterson as a key reason for the new position. “As you know, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is a very complex place,” he said at a Wednesday press conference...

Posted: 11 days ago

Mike DeWine said Wednesday that as governor he will appoint a cabinet-level official to concentrate on military installations across Ohio, specifically mentioning Wright-Patterson as a key reason for the new position. “As you know, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is a very complex place,” he said at a Wednesday press conference...
Mike DeWine to be first Dayton-area governor since James Cox
 Mike DeWine will be the first Miami Valley man to serve as Ohio governor since Democrat James M. Cox held the post in 1913-15 and 1917-21. Here is a quick look at what they had in common. 1. Farms. Cox and DeWine both started out life on local farms. Cox, the youngest of seven children, was raised on Old Home Farm, his family homestead in...

Posted: 11 days ago

Mike DeWine will be the first Miami Valley man to serve as Ohio governor since Democrat James M. Cox held the post in 1913-15 and 1917-21. Here is a quick look at what they had in common. 1. Farms. Cox and DeWine both started out life on local farms. Cox, the youngest of seven children, was raised on Old Home Farm, his family homestead in...
Election highlights: DeWine wins, some familiar names lose, Dayton OKs marijuana issue and more
 Ohio voters picked a new governor, backed the full slate of Republicans to statewide non-judicial offices and killed Issue 1. Local voters backed the Five Rivers MetroParks levy and Dayton voters OK’d effort to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. It also was a night where some familiar faces lost their seats locally...

Posted: 12 days ago

Ohio voters picked a new governor, backed the full slate of Republicans to statewide non-judicial offices and killed Issue 1. Local voters backed the Five Rivers MetroParks levy and Dayton voters OK’d effort to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. It also was a night where some familiar faces lost their seats locally...