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

Who will sell medical pot? 50 from area apply for licenses
 In the latest step to establish a legal medical marijuana industry in Ohio, the state received 370 applications for dispensary licenses, including 50 from six area counties: 19 in Montgomery, 11 in Butler, 10 in Clark, five in Warren, four in Greene, one in Champaign. The next step will be to winnow down the list to the 60 that will be licensed...

Posted: 6 hours ago

In the latest step to establish a legal medical marijuana industry in Ohio, the state received 370 applications for dispensary licenses, including 50 from six area counties: 19 in Montgomery, 11 in Butler, 10 in Clark, five in Warren, four in Greene, one in Champaign. The next step will be to winnow down the list to the 60 that will be licensed...
Ohio bill lays out which police body cam footage should be public
 As more police officers respond to crime scenes wearing body cameras, an intense debate has erupted over how much of the footage is public record and where that line should be drawn. In Ohio, State Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg, is pushing a bill that attempts to define which videos are public and when police can withhold them from release...

Posted: 7 hours ago

As more police officers respond to crime scenes wearing body cameras, an intense debate has erupted over how much of the footage is public record and where that line should be drawn. In Ohio, State Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg, is pushing a bill that attempts to define which videos are public and when police can withhold them from release...
Ohio launches campaign to prevent youth suicide
 The state of Ohio is launching a statewide campaign on social media aimed at preventing youth suicides. The “Be Present” campaign encourages teens and young adults to step up and support their peers who are struggling with isolation, depression and other mental health issues. “Many young people experience stress or anxiety...

Posted: 12 hours ago

The state of Ohio is launching a statewide campaign on social media aimed at preventing youth suicides. The “Be Present” campaign encourages teens and young adults to step up and support their peers who are struggling with isolation, depression and other mental health issues. “Many young people experience stress or anxiety...
Here’s what all the Ohio governor candidates say they’ll do about the opioid crisis
 The next governor of Ohio in all likelihood will inherit a drug crisis that continues to kill thousands of Ohioans each year. The annual cost of opiate abuse, addiction and overdoses to Ohio is estimated at $6.6 billion to $8.8 billion, according to researchers at Ohio State University. Beyond the dollars and cents, the scourge is killing...

Posted: a day ago

The next governor of Ohio in all likelihood will inherit a drug crisis that continues to kill thousands of Ohioans each year. The annual cost of opiate abuse, addiction and overdoses to Ohio is estimated at $6.6 billion to $8.8 billion, according to researchers at Ohio State University. Beyond the dollars and cents, the scourge is killing...
5 things Ohio governor candidates want to do about the opioid crisis
 The next governor of Ohio in all likelihood will inherit a drug crisis that continues to kill thousands of Ohioans each year. The annual cost of opiate abuse, addiction and overdoses to Ohio is estimated at $6.6 billion to $8.8 billion, according to researchers at Ohio State University. Beyond the dollars and cents, the scourge is killing...

Posted: a day ago

The next governor of Ohio in all likelihood will inherit a drug crisis that continues to kill thousands of Ohioans each year. The annual cost of opiate abuse, addiction and overdoses to Ohio is estimated at $6.6 billion to $8.8 billion, according to researchers at Ohio State University. Beyond the dollars and cents, the scourge is killing...
Ohio mayors to Congress on tax reform: ‘Get it right’
 Mayors from Springfield, Kettering and 10 other Ohio cities went to Columbus Friday to send a message to Washington that the tax reform packages rushing through Congress will be a bad deal for homeowners and projects that rely on historic tax credits and private activity bonds. “Tax reform is needed in order to help our economy, but...

Posted: 3 days ago

Mayors from Springfield, Kettering and 10 other Ohio cities went to Columbus Friday to send a message to Washington that the tax reform packages rushing through Congress will be a bad deal for homeowners and projects that rely on historic tax credits and private activity bonds. “Tax reform is needed in order to help our economy, but...
Eyeglasses may be exempt from state sales tax, lawmaker says
 Ohioans may soon get a tax break when buying prescription eye glasses and contact lenses. Lawmakers struck a deal to exempt corrective eye wear from state sales taxes, according to state Rep. Derek Merrin. Merrin, R-Monclova Twp. near Toledo, announced that lawmakers in the House and Senate agreed to roll the sales tax break into an existing...

Posted: 4 days ago

Ohioans may soon get a tax break when buying prescription eye glasses and contact lenses. Lawmakers struck a deal to exempt corrective eye wear from state sales taxes, according to state Rep. Derek Merrin. Merrin, R-Monclova Twp. near Toledo, announced that lawmakers in the House and Senate agreed to roll the sales tax break into an existing...
Cordray’s Washington exit could shake up Ohio governor race
 Ohio’s crowded field for governor could get more crowded now that Democrat Rich Cordray plans to leave his federal job, sending a strong signal that he is ready to launch another statewide bid. Cordray, a holdover from the Obama administration, announced Wednesday he is stepping down as director of the Consumer Financial Protection...

Posted: 5 days ago

Ohio’s crowded field for governor could get more crowded now that Democrat Rich Cordray plans to leave his federal job, sending a strong signal that he is ready to launch another statewide bid. Cordray, a holdover from the Obama administration, announced Wednesday he is stepping down as director of the Consumer Financial Protection...
Another Ohio lawmaker resigns, citing ‘inappropriate’ behavior
 Republican Wes Goodman resigned his seat in the Ohio House on Wednesday, the second lawmaker to abruptly step down after allegations of inappropriate conduct surfaced in the Statehouse. House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, R-Clarksville, pressed Goodman to resign after learning details of “his involvement in inappropriate behavior related...

Posted: 5 days ago

Republican Wes Goodman resigned his seat in the Ohio House on Wednesday, the second lawmaker to abruptly step down after allegations of inappropriate conduct surfaced in the Statehouse. House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, R-Clarksville, pressed Goodman to resign after learning details of “his involvement in inappropriate behavior related...
Republican exits race for Renacci’s seat; could help ex-OSU player
 State Rep. Tom Patton, R-Strongsville, is dropping out of the hotly contested congressional race to replace Republican Jim Renacci and instead will run for re-election to the Ohio House, Patton said in a statement Tuesday. “Although I am no longer running to ‘drain the swamp’ I still feel called to serve our community and...

Posted: 6 days ago

State Rep. Tom Patton, R-Strongsville, is dropping out of the hotly contested congressional race to replace Republican Jim Renacci and instead will run for re-election to the Ohio House, Patton said in a statement Tuesday. “Although I am no longer running to ‘drain the swamp’ I still feel called to serve our community and...
Battleground over GOP tax plans moves to Ohio
 As lawmakers in Washington debate the merits of competing GOP tax plan proposals, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin pitched tax reform to Ohio retailers Tuesday as a tool to spur job creation and economic growth. “We fundamentally think that we need to get back to sustained economic growth of 3 percent GDP or higher. For the eight...

Posted: 6 days ago

As lawmakers in Washington debate the merits of competing GOP tax plan proposals, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin pitched tax reform to Ohio retailers Tuesday as a tool to spur job creation and economic growth. “We fundamentally think that we need to get back to sustained economic growth of 3 percent GDP or higher. For the eight...