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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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These major changes could be coming soon to Ohio’s child support system
 Ohio’s child support system, plagued with an outdated formula used to calculate payments, $100 million a year in unpaid support and non-custodial parents who slip into the underground economy to avoid wage garnishments, may soon get its most sweeping reform in decades. The impact of newly-passed legislation on families will vary based...

Posted: 17 hours ago

Ohio’s child support system, plagued with an outdated formula used to calculate payments, $100 million a year in unpaid support and non-custodial parents who slip into the underground economy to avoid wage garnishments, may soon get its most sweeping reform in decades. The impact of newly-passed legislation on families will vary based...
Plagued by problems, Ohio’s child support system is set for sweeping reforms. Here’s what would change.
 Ohio’s child support system, plagued with an outdated formula used to calculate payments, $100 million a year in unpaid support and non-custodial parents who slip into the underground economy to avoid wage garnishments, may soon get its most sweeping reform in decades. The impact of newly-passed legislation on families will vary based...

Posted: 17 hours ago

Ohio’s child support system, plagued with an outdated formula used to calculate payments, $100 million a year in unpaid support and non-custodial parents who slip into the underground economy to avoid wage garnishments, may soon get its most sweeping reform in decades. The impact of newly-passed legislation on families will vary based...
Ohio set to make major changes to child support system
 Ohio’s child support system, plagued with an outdated formula used to calculate payments, $100 million a year in unpaid support and non-custodial parents who slip into the underground economy to avoid wage garnishments, may soon get its most sweeping reform in decades. The impact of newly-passed legislation on families will vary based...

Posted: 2 days ago

Ohio’s child support system, plagued with an outdated formula used to calculate payments, $100 million a year in unpaid support and non-custodial parents who slip into the underground economy to avoid wage garnishments, may soon get its most sweeping reform in decades. The impact of newly-passed legislation on families will vary based...
Governor race: DeWine leads Cordray in race for campaign cash
 Even though he spent $3.7 million in the final days of a bruising GOP primary fight, Republican governor candidate Mike DeWine is still sitting on a pile of campaign cash: $7.2 million. And even though Democrat Richard Cordray raised $2.7 million and spent less than half what DeWine did, he trails DeWine badly in the money race: $2.6 million...

Posted: 2 days ago

Even though he spent $3.7 million in the final days of a bruising GOP primary fight, Republican governor candidate Mike DeWine is still sitting on a pile of campaign cash: $7.2 million. And even though Democrat Richard Cordray raised $2.7 million and spent less than half what DeWine did, he trails DeWine badly in the money race: $2.6 million...
Gay rights supporters, drag queens greet VP Pence in Columbus
 Several hundred protesters, including some drag queens, staged a “Big LGBTQ Dance Party” on Gay Street in Columbus, adjacent to where Vice President Mike Pence was slated to deliver a talk on Friday. The protesters trolled Pence, known for his anti-LBGTQ views, with signs, chants and a doppelganger who goes by the stage name &lsquo...

Posted: 2 days ago

Several hundred protesters, including some drag queens, staged a “Big LGBTQ Dance Party” on Gay Street in Columbus, adjacent to where Vice President Mike Pence was slated to deliver a talk on Friday. The protesters trolled Pence, known for his anti-LBGTQ views, with signs, chants and a doppelganger who goes by the stage name &lsquo...
VP Pence to be greeted in Columbus with “Big LBGTQ Dance Party” on Friday
 On the eve of the Columbus Pride Parade, several hundred people are expected to protest Vice President Mike Pence by closing down Gay Street and holding a “Big LBGTQ Dance Party” outside a hotel where he is scheduled to speak Friday. Yes, the event happens to be on Gay Street. The three-hour event, starting at 2 p.m., is being...

Posted: 3 days ago

On the eve of the Columbus Pride Parade, several hundred people are expected to protest Vice President Mike Pence by closing down Gay Street and holding a “Big LBGTQ Dance Party” outside a hotel where he is scheduled to speak Friday. Yes, the event happens to be on Gay Street. The three-hour event, starting at 2 p.m., is being...
Black lawmaker files complaint, says statehouse security stop, search her
 State Rep. Emilia Sykes, a two-term lawmaker from Akron, filed a formal complaint, saying state troopers and security officers regularly stop and search her when she enters the Ohio Statehouse and office tower while her white male colleagues don’t get the same scrutiny. “I’m having trouble even getting into the building...

Posted: 3 days ago

State Rep. Emilia Sykes, a two-term lawmaker from Akron, filed a formal complaint, saying state troopers and security officers regularly stop and search her when she enters the Ohio Statehouse and office tower while her white male colleagues don’t get the same scrutiny. “I’m having trouble even getting into the building...
ECOT paid out $588,000 to workers who signed non-disclosure agreements
 Ohio’s largest online public charter school, the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, required employees facing lay off to sign non-disclosure agreements if they wanted to receive severance pay, records show. Public records obtained by two watchdog organizations show ECOT paid out $588,000 in taxpayer-funded “hush money” to...

Posted: 3 days ago

Ohio’s largest online public charter school, the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, required employees facing lay off to sign non-disclosure agreements if they wanted to receive severance pay, records show. Public records obtained by two watchdog organizations show ECOT paid out $588,000 in taxpayer-funded “hush money” to...
Ohio reviewing Supreme Court ruling on what voters wear to the polls
 A ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court striking down a Minnesota law that limits what voters can wear to the polls could have an impact in Ohio. The Ohio Secretary of State is reviewing the 7-2 ruling that was announced Thursday, said Sam Rossi, spokesman for the office. Ohio prohibits people from wearing campaign garb when casting a ballot...

Posted: 3 days ago

A ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court striking down a Minnesota law that limits what voters can wear to the polls could have an impact in Ohio. The Ohio Secretary of State is reviewing the 7-2 ruling that was announced Thursday, said Sam Rossi, spokesman for the office. Ohio prohibits people from wearing campaign garb when casting a ballot...
Gov. John Kasich more popular with Democrats in Ohio than Republicans, poll says
 Gov. John Kasich has a good approval rating with one political party in Ohio, just not his own. A new Quinnipiac University poll reports that that Gov. John Kasich has a 52 percent job approval rating overall and he’s more popular among Democrats than his fellow Republicans who are evenly divided over the governor. Fifty-seven percent...

Posted: 4 days ago

Gov. John Kasich has a good approval rating with one political party in Ohio, just not his own. A new Quinnipiac University poll reports that that Gov. John Kasich has a 52 percent job approval rating overall and he’s more popular among Democrats than his fellow Republicans who are evenly divided over the governor. Fifty-seven percent...