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

Gov. DeWine to ask for 18-cent-per-gallon gas tax increase
 Gov. Mike DeWine says he will ask lawmakers to approve an 18-cent per gallon increase in the state’s gasoline tax, which currently stands at 28-cents. An 18-cent increase would raise $1.2 billion a year. Further details are expected to be released during a 9 a.m. meeting of the House Finance Committee. The transportation budget bill...

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Gov. Mike DeWine says he will ask lawmakers to approve an 18-cent per gallon increase in the state’s gasoline tax, which currently stands at 28-cents. An 18-cent increase would raise $1.2 billion a year. Further details are expected to be released during a 9 a.m. meeting of the House Finance Committee. The transportation budget bill...
Ohio AG says state owed $15.8M from pharmacy benefit manager
 The Ohio Attorney General is arguing the state is owed $15.8 million from a company that manages pharmacy benefits for Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation — an accusation that the company says is “without merit.” The allegation comes amid growing tensions between Gov. Mike DeWine’s administration and pharmacy...

Posted: 11 hours ago

The Ohio Attorney General is arguing the state is owed $15.8 million from a company that manages pharmacy benefits for Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation — an accusation that the company says is “without merit.” The allegation comes amid growing tensions between Gov. Mike DeWine’s administration and pharmacy...
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine stops executions, wants new protocol
 Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday that he is halting executions until the state devises a new lethal injection protocol that overcomes any court challenges. He did not issue a formal stay of all executions but said “Ohio is not going to execute someone under my watch when a federal judge has found it to be cruel and unusual punishment.&rdquo...

Posted: a day ago

Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday that he is halting executions until the state devises a new lethal injection protocol that overcomes any court challenges. He did not issue a formal stay of all executions but said “Ohio is not going to execute someone under my watch when a federal judge has found it to be cruel and unusual punishment.&rdquo...
Gov. DeWine to ask for gas tax increase, will detail plan Thursday
 Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday that he will ask lawmakers this week to increase the state gas tax to help fund $1.5 billion in construction, maintenance and safety projects on Ohio roads and bridges. He declined to say exactly how much of an increase he will seek, saying that announcement will come Thursday when he unveils his two-year transportation...

Posted: a day ago

Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday that he will ask lawmakers this week to increase the state gas tax to help fund $1.5 billion in construction, maintenance and safety projects on Ohio roads and bridges. He declined to say exactly how much of an increase he will seek, saying that announcement will come Thursday when he unveils his two-year transportation...
Ohio chief justice wants major changes to state’s bail, criminal justice system
 Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, who forcefully campaigned against Issue 1 last fall, is calling for major changes to the state criminal justice system that she says will be a better deal for taxpayers and help those caught up in addiction. O’Connor, a Republican, said on Tuesday that she wants Ohio to expand...

Posted: a day ago

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, who forcefully campaigned against Issue 1 last fall, is calling for major changes to the state criminal justice system that she says will be a better deal for taxpayers and help those caught up in addiction. O’Connor, a Republican, said on Tuesday that she wants Ohio to expand...
Miami County state lawmaker wants to make it legal for farmers to grow hemp
 A Miami County state lawmaker wants to make it legal for farmers to grow hemp. Hemp looks like marijuana, but hemp is much more versatile in its many uses. This is why state Sen. Steve Huffman of Tipp City said he’s introducing a bill to make it legal to grow here. Huffman sponsored Ohio’s medical marijuana law. With this bill...

Posted: a day ago

A Miami County state lawmaker wants to make it legal for farmers to grow hemp. Hemp looks like marijuana, but hemp is much more versatile in its many uses. This is why state Sen. Steve Huffman of Tipp City said he’s introducing a bill to make it legal to grow here. Huffman sponsored Ohio’s medical marijuana law. With this bill...
Former Dayton Development Coalition leader J.P. Nauseef to lead JobsOhio
 Former Dayton Development Coalition leader J.P. Nauseef will be the next president of JobsOhio, the non-profit that heads up economic development efforts for the state. “J.P. Nauseef is the right person to lead JobsOhio,” Gov. Mike DeWine said in a written statement. “His extensive experience in the economic development...

Posted: 5 days ago

Former Dayton Development Coalition leader J.P. Nauseef will be the next president of JobsOhio, the non-profit that heads up economic development efforts for the state. “J.P. Nauseef is the right person to lead JobsOhio,” Gov. Mike DeWine said in a written statement. “His extensive experience in the economic development...
County jail, Dayton prison cope with water crisis
 The water emergency for the city of Dayton and Montgomery County meant that the county jail and a state prison in Dayton had to make adjustments for inmates. Montgomery County Jail inmates switched to bag lunches and dinner because of the initial precautionary boil water advisory, according to Sheriff Rob Streck.  The jail never lost...

Posted: 6 days ago

The water emergency for the city of Dayton and Montgomery County meant that the county jail and a state prison in Dayton had to make adjustments for inmates. Montgomery County Jail inmates switched to bag lunches and dinner because of the initial precautionary boil water advisory, according to Sheriff Rob Streck.  The jail never lost...
Montgomery County water outage: County to set up distribution centers, asks state for help
 Montgomery County is working on a plan to set up water distribution centers and is asking the state for help with the Dayton city-county water outage. "We have recognized we are going to need the state based on the population that's impacted," county Administrator Michael Colbert said in an interview with News Center 7 anchors James...

Posted: 6 days ago

Montgomery County is working on a plan to set up water distribution centers and is asking the state for help with the Dayton city-county water outage. "We have recognized we are going to need the state based on the population that's impacted," county Administrator Michael Colbert said in an interview with News Center 7 anchors James...
Water outage: Dayton and Montgomery County cancel boil advisories 
 A Wednesday water outage say the City of Dayton lose 2.52 million gallons of water in 10 minutes. During a Friday afternoon press conference, City Manager Shelley Dickstein said that the city is unable to say what caused the break until river levels drop and it can be accessed better. It is not clear how much the water needs to recede...

Posted: 6 days ago

A Wednesday water outage say the City of Dayton lose 2.52 million gallons of water in 10 minutes. During a Friday afternoon press conference, City Manager Shelley Dickstein said that the city is unable to say what caused the break until river levels drop and it can be accessed better. It is not clear how much the water needs to recede...
ODOT Director says Ohio must find money to fix roads or ‘more people will get hurt’
 Road construction and maintenance will stall, infrastructure will suffer and danger to drivers will increase if the state does not find money to fix roads, Ohio Department of Transportation Director Jack Marchbanks told lawmakers on Wednesday. “Statistically, we know that deteriorating road conditions lead to more crashes and more crashes...

Posted: 7 days ago

Road construction and maintenance will stall, infrastructure will suffer and danger to drivers will increase if the state does not find money to fix roads, Ohio Department of Transportation Director Jack Marchbanks told lawmakers on Wednesday. “Statistically, we know that deteriorating road conditions lead to more crashes and more crashes...