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 was the highest paid public worker in Ohio in 2017? It’s not Urban Meyer
 The highest paid public employee in Ohio last year wasn’t Urban Meyer, who made $5.28 million. Instead, Ohio State University men’s basketball coach Chris Holtmann claimed the spot with compensation package totaling $5.66 million. Holtmann, who led the Buckeyes to a second round appearance in the NCAA 2018 March Madness tournament...

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The highest paid public employee in Ohio last year wasn’t Urban Meyer, who made $5.28 million. Instead, Ohio State University men’s basketball coach Chris Holtmann claimed the spot with compensation package totaling $5.66 million. Holtmann, who led the Buckeyes to a second round appearance in the NCAA 2018 March Madness tournament...
Major reforms could come to payday lending industry in Ohio
 A week after Republican Cliff Rosenberger’s abrupt resignation, state lawmakers moved to push through the strongest reforms on payday lending that Ohio has seen in a decade. House Bill 123 calls for closing loopholes, limiting monthly payments to no more than 5 percent of the borrower’s monthly income, limiting fees to $20 or...

Posted: 2 days ago

A week after Republican Cliff Rosenberger’s abrupt resignation, state lawmakers moved to push through the strongest reforms on payday lending that Ohio has seen in a decade. House Bill 123 calls for closing loopholes, limiting monthly payments to no more than 5 percent of the borrower’s monthly income, limiting fees to $20 or...
Kucinich discloses $20,000 speaking fee from pro-Syrian group
 Democrat Dennis Kucinich is under attack for his association with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and now disclosure of a $20,000 payment he received from a pro-Assad group. Former Ohio governor Ted Strickland accused Kucinich of deliberately trying to hide the $20,000 payment by listing the income on his ethics statement without disclosing...

Posted: 2 days ago

Democrat Dennis Kucinich is under attack for his association with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and now disclosure of a $20,000 payment he received from a pro-Assad group. Former Ohio governor Ted Strickland accused Kucinich of deliberately trying to hide the $20,000 payment by listing the income on his ethics statement without disclosing...
FBI public corruption squad digging into Ohio cases for a decade
 Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger’s resignation in the wake of FBI questions over his activities is only the latest high-profile inquiry by a public corruption investigation team that has honed in on everything from bribery among top state officials to dirty cops. Under then-FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III, the bureau in 2008...

Posted: 3 days ago

Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger’s resignation in the wake of FBI questions over his activities is only the latest high-profile inquiry by a public corruption investigation team that has honed in on everything from bribery among top state officials to dirty cops. Under then-FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III, the bureau in 2008...
GOP fight for governor turns personal, nasty
 The fight to win over voters in the Ohio governor’s race is bitter, ugly and personal. And that’s just on the Republican side. The May 8 GOP primary for governor is shaping up as one of the nastiest intra-party battles in recent years. Across Ohio, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor is on a “made tough” tour, pushing her conservative...

Posted: 5 days ago

The fight to win over voters in the Ohio governor’s race is bitter, ugly and personal. And that’s just on the Republican side. The May 8 GOP primary for governor is shaping up as one of the nastiest intra-party battles in recent years. Across Ohio, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor is on a “made tough” tour, pushing her conservative...
Ohio House Speaker resigns immediately; won’t wait till May 1
 Republican Cliff Rosenberger’s resignation is effective immediately, not May 1 as he had announced earlier this week, Ohio House GOP spokesman Brad Miller said in a statement. Miller said that Speaker Pro Tempore Kirk Schuring, R-Canton, number two legislative leader, “felt it was in the best interest of the institution that Cliff...

Posted: 8 days ago

Republican Cliff Rosenberger’s resignation is effective immediately, not May 1 as he had announced earlier this week, Ohio House GOP spokesman Brad Miller said in a statement. Miller said that Speaker Pro Tempore Kirk Schuring, R-Canton, number two legislative leader, “felt it was in the best interest of the institution that Cliff...
The fast and furious fall of Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger
 Cliff Rosenberger stepped into the job of Ohio House speaker in January 2015 with the largest GOP majority in nearly half a century and what appeared to be a long political career ahead of him. His resignation Tuesday night, which came after the FBI began asking questions about his activities in office, shows how quickly the powerful can...

Posted: 8 days ago

Cliff Rosenberger stepped into the job of Ohio House speaker in January 2015 with the largest GOP majority in nearly half a century and what appeared to be a long political career ahead of him. His resignation Tuesday night, which came after the FBI began asking questions about his activities in office, shows how quickly the powerful can...
Who’s in charge of Ohio House?: Rosenberger out, Schuring steps in
 The Ohio House is in turmoil — Republican Cliff Rosenberger is resigning as speaker, other lawmakers are fighting over who will replace him, a hot primary is weeks away, and there are big issues facing the state. Casting a cloud over all of it a Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry into Rosenberger, who led the Ohio House since January...

Posted: 9 days ago

The Ohio House is in turmoil — Republican Cliff Rosenberger is resigning as speaker, other lawmakers are fighting over who will replace him, a hot primary is weeks away, and there are big issues facing the state. Casting a cloud over all of it a Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry into Rosenberger, who led the Ohio House since January...
Payday lending crackdown stalls in Ohio House
 Less than 24 hours after Republican Cliff Rosenberger announced his resignation as Ohio House speaker, lawmakers delayed action on the strongest restrictions for payday lending that the state has considered in a decade. State Rep. Kyle Koehler, R-Springfield, urged the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee to amend and pass...

Posted: 9 days ago

Less than 24 hours after Republican Cliff Rosenberger announced his resignation as Ohio House speaker, lawmakers delayed action on the strongest restrictions for payday lending that the state has considered in a decade. State Rep. Kyle Koehler, R-Springfield, urged the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee to amend and pass...
Ohio House speaker resigns: How did it happen?
 At 5:46 p.m. Friday, April 6, Dayton Daily News Columbus Bureau reporter Laura Bischoff broke the story that Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger was hiring a defense attorney after the FBI started asking questions. By Tuesday night, April 10, Rosenberger announced his resignation. Here’s a look at how we got here: April 6: Rosenberger...

Posted: 9 days ago

At 5:46 p.m. Friday, April 6, Dayton Daily News Columbus Bureau reporter Laura Bischoff broke the story that Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger was hiring a defense attorney after the FBI started asking questions. By Tuesday night, April 10, Rosenberger announced his resignation. Here’s a look at how we got here: April 6: Rosenberger...
Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger resigning amid FBI probe
 Facing an FBI investigation, Republican Cliff Rosenberger announced Tuesday that he is stepping down as Ohio House speaker and resigning his seat as of May 1. “First and foremost, I believe that all of my actions as Speaker have been both ethical and lawful. However, I understand that the nature of this inquiry has the potential to...

Posted: 10 days ago

Facing an FBI investigation, Republican Cliff Rosenberger announced Tuesday that he is stepping down as Ohio House speaker and resigning his seat as of May 1. “First and foremost, I believe that all of my actions as Speaker have been both ethical and lawful. However, I understand that the nature of this inquiry has the potential to...