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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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‘Stand Your Ground’ gun bill headed for vote in Ohio House next week
 A controversial ‘Stand Your Ground’ gun bill will likely get a floor vote in the Ohio House next week and even if Gov. John Kasich follows through with his veto promise, there would be enough support to override a veto, said Speaker Ryan Smith, R-Bidwell. House Bill 228 would give armed Ohioans the right to ‘stand your ground&rsquo...

Posted: 15 hours ago

A controversial ‘Stand Your Ground’ gun bill will likely get a floor vote in the Ohio House next week and even if Gov. John Kasich follows through with his veto promise, there would be enough support to override a veto, said Speaker Ryan Smith, R-Bidwell. House Bill 228 would give armed Ohioans the right to ‘stand your ground&rsquo...
Gov. Kasich says it’s “not an American value to be breaking up families”
 Ohio Gov. John Kasich likened members of Congress to school children who think they need to ask permission from the principal — President Trump — before they take action on controversial topics such as immigration reform. He said everyone from Laura Bush to Bernie Sanders oppose the Trump administration’s policy to separate...

Posted: a day ago

Ohio Gov. John Kasich likened members of Congress to school children who think they need to ask permission from the principal — President Trump — before they take action on controversial topics such as immigration reform. He said everyone from Laura Bush to Bernie Sanders oppose the Trump administration’s policy to separate...
Retired Ohio teachers lose cost of living allowance, plan protest
 Unhappy about the loss of cost of living allowances, retired teachers plan to protest at the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio trustees meeting in Columbus on Thursday. STRS trustees voted in April 2017 to suspend the cost of living allowance as a means of shoring up the $75-billion fund. The move impacts 490,000 teachers and retirees...

Posted: a day ago

Unhappy about the loss of cost of living allowances, retired teachers plan to protest at the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio trustees meeting in Columbus on Thursday. STRS trustees voted in April 2017 to suspend the cost of living allowance as a means of shoring up the $75-billion fund. The move impacts 490,000 teachers and retirees...
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: 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...
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: 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...
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: 4 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: 4 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: 4 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: 5 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: 5 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...