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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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First Ohio medical marijuana store gets OK to open
 The first medical marijuana dispensary in Ohio has been approved to open, but it may be a while before customers walk in. CY+, located in the village of Wintersville, near Steubenville is the first of 56 state-licensed medical marijuana outlets to receive a certificate of operation. Wintersville is located about three hours east of Dayton...

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The first medical marijuana dispensary in Ohio has been approved to open, but it may be a while before customers walk in. CY+, located in the village of Wintersville, near Steubenville is the first of 56 state-licensed medical marijuana outlets to receive a certificate of operation. Wintersville is located about three hours east of Dayton...
Ohio Senate votes to crack down on ‘revenge porn’
 The Ohio Senate voted unanimously Wednesday in favor of a bill that would crack down on “revenge porn” — the practice of distributing sexually explicit images or videos of an ex-lover or others without consent. RELATED: Revenge port victim: ‘The cell phone had more rights than me’ State Sen. Joe Schiavoni, D-Austintown...

Posted: 16 hours ago

The Ohio Senate voted unanimously Wednesday in favor of a bill that would crack down on “revenge porn” — the practice of distributing sexually explicit images or videos of an ex-lover or others without consent. RELATED: Revenge port victim: ‘The cell phone had more rights than me’ State Sen. Joe Schiavoni, D-Austintown...
Pay raise for Ohio lawmakers added to bill to help families of police, firefighters
 Lawmakers put a pay raise for elected officials — including themselves — into legislation that would provide health care benefits for the widows and children of police and firefighters killed in the line of duty. The House Finance Committee amended Senate Bill 296 on Thursday to include a pay bump for lawmakers — their first...

Posted: 19 hours ago

Lawmakers put a pay raise for elected officials — including themselves — into legislation that would provide health care benefits for the widows and children of police and firefighters killed in the line of duty. The House Finance Committee amended Senate Bill 296 on Thursday to include a pay bump for lawmakers — their first...
Heartbeat abortion bill passes Ohio Senate
 State senators voted 18-13 on Wednesday in favor of legislation that would ban abortion once a fetal heart beat can be detected, setting up a likely showdown with Gov. John Kasich who two years ago vetoed a similar measure. The Senate added a last minute change: transvaginal ultrasounds to check for a fetal heartbeat would not be required...

Posted: 21 hours ago

State senators voted 18-13 on Wednesday in favor of legislation that would ban abortion once a fetal heart beat can be detected, setting up a likely showdown with Gov. John Kasich who two years ago vetoed a similar measure. The Senate added a last minute change: transvaginal ultrasounds to check for a fetal heartbeat would not be required...
Ohio Senate set to vote on ‘heartbeat’ abortion bill tomorrow
 Action on the so-called “heartbeat” abortion ban bill stalled again in the Ohio Senate but may come as soon as today. The Senate Health Committee is expected to reconvene to consider amendments to House Bill 258, which would prohibit abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected — sometimes as early as six weeks before...

Posted: a day ago

Action on the so-called “heartbeat” abortion ban bill stalled again in the Ohio Senate but may come as soon as today. The Senate Health Committee is expected to reconvene to consider amendments to House Bill 258, which would prohibit abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected — sometimes as early as six weeks before...
Ohio lawmakers debate pay raise for themselves, other elected officials
 Ohio lawmakers are discussing giving themselves and other elected officials a salary raise — their first pay hike in a decade. State Rep. Bill Seitz, R-Cincinnati, is pitching a plan to give lawmakers and statewide executive officers a “catch up” raise amounting to three-quarters of the consumer price index for each of the...

Posted: 2 days ago

Ohio lawmakers are discussing giving themselves and other elected officials a salary raise — their first pay hike in a decade. State Rep. Bill Seitz, R-Cincinnati, is pitching a plan to give lawmakers and statewide executive officers a “catch up” raise amounting to three-quarters of the consumer price index for each of the...
100 bills in 10 days: Mad finish on tap as lawmakers, Kasich wrap up session
 The abrupt resignation of the Ohio House speaker, an internal fight over picking the next leader and competitive midterm elections put a lot of work in the General Assembly on hold for weeks on end in 2018. But now as the two-year legislative session ticks down, lawmakers are trying to sort through what needs to be done in the next 10 days...

Posted: 3 days ago

The abrupt resignation of the Ohio House speaker, an internal fight over picking the next leader and competitive midterm elections put a lot of work in the General Assembly on hold for weeks on end in 2018. But now as the two-year legislative session ticks down, lawmakers are trying to sort through what needs to be done in the next 10 days...
Stand Your Ground gun bill dead in Ohio for now; issue may come back next year
 New developments: The Ohio Senate will not take up a controversial Stand Your Ground gun bill, killing the bill for the current legislative session. Gov. John Kasich had threatened to veto the bill if it passed. Lawmakers can bring the issue back in January with the new legislature and Gov.-elect Mike DeWine take office. Earlier story from...

Posted: 6 days ago

New developments: The Ohio Senate will not take up a controversial Stand Your Ground gun bill, killing the bill for the current legislative session. Gov. John Kasich had threatened to veto the bill if it passed. Lawmakers can bring the issue back in January with the new legislature and Gov.-elect Mike DeWine take office. Earlier story from...
Ohio may soon get clarity on when police body-cam videos are public
 A bill to spell out when police body camera footage is or isn’t a public record cleared a key legislative hurdle on Thursday. House Bill 425, sponsored by state Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg, passed out of the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee, teeing it up for a possible Senate floor vote in the coming days. &ldquo...

Posted: 6 days ago

A bill to spell out when police body camera footage is or isn’t a public record cleared a key legislative hurdle on Thursday. House Bill 425, sponsored by state Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg, passed out of the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee, teeing it up for a possible Senate floor vote in the coming days. &ldquo...
Heartbeat abortion ban bill put on hold — for now
 State senators on Thursday balked at passing one of the most stringent abortion bans in the nation, but the fight over the so-called ‘heartbeat’ bill is far from over. Senate Health Committee Chairman Dave Burke, R-Marysville, said he plans to pass the bill out of committee next week. But that won’t leave enough time for...

Posted: 6 days ago

State senators on Thursday balked at passing one of the most stringent abortion bans in the nation, but the fight over the so-called ‘heartbeat’ bill is far from over. Senate Health Committee Chairman Dave Burke, R-Marysville, said he plans to pass the bill out of committee next week. But that won’t leave enough time for...
Ohio senators face vote on ‘heartbeat’ abortion bill this week
 State lawmakers are on the brink of deciding whether to put Ohio in the middle of a legal and cultural battle over abortion by passing one of the strictest limits on abortion in the country. This week, state senators will either adopt House Bill 258, which would ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, or let the measure die....

Posted: 8 days ago

State lawmakers are on the brink of deciding whether to put Ohio in the middle of a legal and cultural battle over abortion by passing one of the strictest limits on abortion in the country. This week, state senators will either adopt House Bill 258, which would ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, or let the measure die....