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

Big money, political muscle on display in payday lending clash
 Payday lending stores dot the landscape of Ohio’s small towns, suburban strip malls and inner-city thoroughfares. To hear one side tell it, they give their customers — many with bad credit — much-needed access to quick money for emergencies and everyday expenses. To hear the other side tell it, they take advantage of the...

Posted: 4 hours ago

Payday lending stores dot the landscape of Ohio’s small towns, suburban strip malls and inner-city thoroughfares. To hear one side tell it, they give their customers — many with bad credit — much-needed access to quick money for emergencies and everyday expenses. To hear the other side tell it, they take advantage of the...
Recreational marijuana closer to Ohio ballot — but lots of work ahead
 Legalized recreational marijuana is one small step closer to appearing on Ohio ballots in 2019. The Ohio Ballot Board certified a proposed constitutional amendment Thursday, according to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office. The amendment was previously certified earlier this month by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. Ohio Families...

Posted: 2 days ago

Legalized recreational marijuana is one small step closer to appearing on Ohio ballots in 2019. The Ohio Ballot Board certified a proposed constitutional amendment Thursday, according to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office. The amendment was previously certified earlier this month by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. Ohio Families...
Fight over House speaker holding up bill votes
 A raging internal fight over control of the Ohio House interrupted plans to pass a controversial payday lending reform bill on Wednesday. House Republicans, who failed to pick a new speaker, cannot hold a legislative session until they decide who will fill out the remainder of Cliff Rosenberger’s term. House Finance Chairman Ryan Smith...

Posted: 3 days ago

A raging internal fight over control of the Ohio House interrupted plans to pass a controversial payday lending reform bill on Wednesday. House Republicans, who failed to pick a new speaker, cannot hold a legislative session until they decide who will fill out the remainder of Cliff Rosenberger’s term. House Finance Chairman Ryan Smith...
Ohio House GOP deadlocks on interim speaker to replace Rosenberger
 Ohio House Republicans failed to pick a replacement speaker on Tuesday to fill out the remaining seven months of Cliff Rosenberger’s term but legislative leaders say they’ll continue to push to get 50 GOP lawmakers to support a candidate. In a closed-door GOP caucus meeting, state Rep. Ryan Smith, R-Bidwell, landed the most votes...

Posted: 4 days ago

Ohio House Republicans failed to pick a replacement speaker on Tuesday to fill out the remaining seven months of Cliff Rosenberger’s term but legislative leaders say they’ll continue to push to get 50 GOP lawmakers to support a candidate. In a closed-door GOP caucus meeting, state Rep. Ryan Smith, R-Bidwell, landed the most votes...
Here are 5 things we learned from Kasich press conference today
 In a nearly 40-minute press conference Tuesday at the Ohio Statehouse, Gov. John Kasich had a lot to say about a lot of topics, including the health of Lake Erie, whether he’ll endorse Mike DeWine for governor, immigration reform and more. He even did some parental bragging. Kasich was in such a chatty mood that he cut off an aide who...

Posted: 4 days ago

In a nearly 40-minute press conference Tuesday at the Ohio Statehouse, Gov. John Kasich had a lot to say about a lot of topics, including the health of Lake Erie, whether he’ll endorse Mike DeWine for governor, immigration reform and more. He even did some parental bragging. Kasich was in such a chatty mood that he cut off an aide who...
Former Ohio House speaker received $43K in free travel in 2017
 Republican Cliff Rosenberger, who abruptly resigned as Ohio House speaker, disclosed on Tuesday that he received more than $43,000 in free travel and got free meals and drinks from half a dozen sources last year. Rosenberger filed his mandatory annual financial disclosure statement with the Joint Legislative Ethics Committee — a body...

Posted: 4 days ago

Republican Cliff Rosenberger, who abruptly resigned as Ohio House speaker, disclosed on Tuesday that he received more than $43,000 in free travel and got free meals and drinks from half a dozen sources last year. Rosenberger filed his mandatory annual financial disclosure statement with the Joint Legislative Ethics Committee — a body...
Kasich to legal immigrants: Come to Ohio
 Gov. John Kasich signed an executive order Tuesday to set up a state office dedicated to helping legal immigrants settle in Ohio and find jobs. “We want them to come to Ohio. We want them to bring their skills. We want them to bring their families. And we want them to bring their hearts because they are such an important part of the...

Posted: 4 days ago

Gov. John Kasich signed an executive order Tuesday to set up a state office dedicated to helping legal immigrants settle in Ohio and find jobs. “We want them to come to Ohio. We want them to bring their skills. We want them to bring their families. And we want them to bring their hearts because they are such an important part of the...
Lost history: How four kids from Dayton ended pay toilets in America
 The next time you step into a public restroom, say a quiet thank you to Dayton natives Michael and Ira Gessel, Steve Froikin and Natalie Precker. After all, it was their efforts nearly 50 years ago that allowed Americans to pee for free. The high school students founded the Committee to End Pay Toilets in America in late 1968 and launched...

Posted: 6 days ago

The next time you step into a public restroom, say a quiet thank you to Dayton natives Michael and Ira Gessel, Steve Froikin and Natalie Precker. After all, it was their efforts nearly 50 years ago that allowed Americans to pee for free. The high school students founded the Committee to End Pay Toilets in America in late 1968 and launched...
Ten years ago, Ohio had its own attorney general scandal
 Ten years ago today, Democrat Marc Dann stood before a bank of TV cameras and announced he was resigning as Ohio attorney general. His brief statement in the Statehouse Cabinet room barely touched on the controversies that brought about his downfall: an extra-marital affair with his 28-year-old scheduler, hiring friends into his administration...

Posted: 6 days ago

Ten years ago today, Democrat Marc Dann stood before a bank of TV cameras and announced he was resigning as Ohio attorney general. His brief statement in the Statehouse Cabinet room barely touched on the controversies that brought about his downfall: an extra-marital affair with his 28-year-old scheduler, hiring friends into his administration...
FBI investigation, Trump, may factor into Ohio governor’s race
 Democrats often accuse Republicans of living in the past, but in this year’s election in Ohio it’s the Democrats who want to look backward: to 2006. That’s the year a controversial president and an investment and ethics scandal rocked state government, leading voters to send Republicans packing. Democrats were installed...

Posted: 7 days ago

Democrats often accuse Republicans of living in the past, but in this year’s election in Ohio it’s the Democrats who want to look backward: to 2006. That’s the year a controversial president and an investment and ethics scandal rocked state government, leading voters to send Republicans packing. Democrats were installed...
What we know now about efforts to put marijuana back on the ballot
 Ohio voters may get another chance to vote to legalize recreational marijuana next year. Advocates for full legalization of marijuana cleared a major hurdle Thursday when Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine certified the petition wording for a statewide vote on the matter. Ohio Families for Change, the group backing the effort, plans to hit...

Posted: 8 days ago

Ohio voters may get another chance to vote to legalize recreational marijuana next year. Advocates for full legalization of marijuana cleared a major hurdle Thursday when Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine certified the petition wording for a statewide vote on the matter. Ohio Families for Change, the group backing the effort, plans to hit...