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

Year after State Fair tragedy, families ‘live with this every day’
 A year after the Ohio State Fair went from a scene of Americana to a deadly midway horror show, little has changed in the way Ohio’s eight full-time inspectors oversee the state’s 3,800 rides, the Dayton Daily News found. Eighteen-year-old Tyler Jarrell was killed and seven others were seriously injured in 2017 when a gondola...

Posted: a day ago

A year after the Ohio State Fair went from a scene of Americana to a deadly midway horror show, little has changed in the way Ohio’s eight full-time inspectors oversee the state’s 3,800 rides, the Dayton Daily News found. Eighteen-year-old Tyler Jarrell was killed and seven others were seriously injured in 2017 when a gondola...
Taking a trip to Lake Erie this summer? Check for slime before you go
 Last year, a slick, green slime covered more than 700 square miles of the western basin of Lake Erie — an algae bloom so big it was visible from outer space. The blooms can threaten drinking water, shut down beaches and quickly ruin vacation plans. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its latest harmful algal...

Posted: 3 days ago

Last year, a slick, green slime covered more than 700 square miles of the western basin of Lake Erie — an algae bloom so big it was visible from outer space. The blooms can threaten drinking water, shut down beaches and quickly ruin vacation plans. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its latest harmful algal...
Stormy Daniels’ lawyer: ‘We will vehemently contest all charges’
 Stephanie Clifford, the adult film star who goes by the stage name Stormy Daniels, is scheduled to appear in Franklin County Municipal Court on Friday on charges that she inappropriately touched undercover police officers during a performance at a Columbus strip club. Her second night performance at Club Sirens, a strip club on the north...

Posted: 4 days ago

Stephanie Clifford, the adult film star who goes by the stage name Stormy Daniels, is scheduled to appear in Franklin County Municipal Court on Friday on charges that she inappropriately touched undercover police officers during a performance at a Columbus strip club. Her second night performance at Club Sirens, a strip club on the north...
Springfield lawmaker on progress of payday lending reform he sponsored: ‘I am very pleased’
 The Ohio Senate voted 21-9 on Tuesday in favor of sweeping reforms for the payday lending industry, 10 years after Ohioans overwhelmingly embraced strict limits on how much lenders could charge. The bill co-authored by Republican Springfield representative Kyle Koehler was approved by the Ohio House in June, but there was a concern by supporters...

Posted: 5 days ago

The Ohio Senate voted 21-9 on Tuesday in favor of sweeping reforms for the payday lending industry, 10 years after Ohioans overwhelmingly embraced strict limits on how much lenders could charge. The bill co-authored by Republican Springfield representative Kyle Koehler was approved by the Ohio House in June, but there was a concern by supporters...
Payday lending bill clears Ohio Senate on bipartisan vote
 The Ohio Senate voted 21-9 on Tuesday in favor of sweeping reforms for the payday lending industry — 10 years after Ohioans overwhelmingly embraced strict limits on how much lenders could charge. The new reforms would impact roughly 1-million Ohio consumers who take out the short-term loans. “This is a pro-consumer bill,&rdquo...

Posted: 6 days ago

The Ohio Senate voted 21-9 on Tuesday in favor of sweeping reforms for the payday lending industry — 10 years after Ohioans overwhelmingly embraced strict limits on how much lenders could charge. The new reforms would impact roughly 1-million Ohio consumers who take out the short-term loans. “This is a pro-consumer bill,&rdquo...
Payday lending reform bill ready to advance in Ohio Senate
 State senators apparently struck a deal on a contentious payday lending reform bill but not everyone is happy: consumer advocates are cheering but industry insiders are jeering. Nick Bourke, director of consumer finance for The Pew Charitable Trusts, told senators that the new bill “will achieve true payday loan reform and save working...

Posted: 7 days ago

State senators apparently struck a deal on a contentious payday lending reform bill but not everyone is happy: consumer advocates are cheering but industry insiders are jeering. Nick Bourke, director of consumer finance for The Pew Charitable Trusts, told senators that the new bill “will achieve true payday loan reform and save working...
Laws will change Ohio school safety, behavior, suspensions
 Students and teachers will be operating under some new guidelines beginning this fall because the state legislature recently passed a host of measures aimed at balancing school safety techniques with the state’s interest in getting all children the best education possible. The state legislature has recently passed new laws that would...

Posted: 8 days ago

Students and teachers will be operating under some new guidelines beginning this fall because the state legislature recently passed a host of measures aimed at balancing school safety techniques with the state’s interest in getting all children the best education possible. The state legislature has recently passed new laws that would...
Canton businessman and ex-convict seeks to help Renacci in Senate race
 When Canton businessman Ben Suarez launched a campaign that would likely help Republican Jim Renacci’s bid for U.S. Senate, Renacci’s team quickly moved to put distance between the congressman and the ex-convict. Suarez created the Justice Association LLC with the aim of clearing his own name, recovering some $30 million in damages...

Posted: 10 days ago

When Canton businessman Ben Suarez launched a campaign that would likely help Republican Jim Renacci’s bid for U.S. Senate, Renacci’s team quickly moved to put distance between the congressman and the ex-convict. Suarez created the Justice Association LLC with the aim of clearing his own name, recovering some $30 million in damages...
Medical marijuana in Ohio: 8 key questions answered as the program nears
 Medical marijuana was supposed to be in Ohio patients’ hands by Sept. 8, but officials say there’s no way that deadline will be met. Despite delays, regulators working through the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program continue to chip away at selecting and certifying the hundreds of entities involved in state’s medical...

Posted: 11 days ago

Medical marijuana was supposed to be in Ohio patients’ hands by Sept. 8, but officials say there’s no way that deadline will be met. Despite delays, regulators working through the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program continue to chip away at selecting and certifying the hundreds of entities involved in state’s medical...
Trump backs Jordan ‘100 percent’ against claims he ignored OSU sex abuse

Posted: 11 days ago

President Donald Trump weighed in with support for U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, who is facing accusations that he failed to report sex abuse within the Ohio State University wrestling program when he was a coach. Aboard Air Force One, Trump said he believes Jordan over the accusers. “Jim Jordan is one of the most outstanding people I&rsquo...
Jordan questions timing of OSU sex abuse allegations
 U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, continued to push back against allegations that he knew that Ohio State University team doctor Richard Strauss was a sexual predator and failed to report the abuse when he was an assistant coach in the wrestling program between 1986 and 1994. Jordan questioned the timing of the allegations, insisted that he...

Posted: 11 days ago

U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, continued to push back against allegations that he knew that Ohio State University team doctor Richard Strauss was a sexual predator and failed to report the abuse when he was an assistant coach in the wrestling program between 1986 and 1994. Jordan questioned the timing of the allegations, insisted that he...