Former Ohio Attorney General and ex-Liberty resident Marc Dann was back in the news last week, this time for regaining his license to practice law.
Let's hope it's the last time, or at least a very long time, before Dann's name is seen or heard in the media related to his time as Ohio's top attorney, and that he practices foreclosure law in Cleveland without a peep.
I've covered Dann's freefall since 2008, when his political and personal life began to unravel after shenanigans in the attorney general's office and allegations of ethical wrongdoing first came to light.
I hoped late last year when the Ohio Supreme Court suspended Dann's law license for six months for ethics violations that the days of reporting on him and the saga he let happen at the attorney general's office was nearing an end.
Now I hope that end came Tuesday when the court reinstated Dann's license.
In what should be the last of the media statements from Dann regarding his tumultuous last five years, he called that time an ''incredibly challenging period'' of his life.
Since resigning from office in May 2008 only 17 months into what can only be said was a rocky time - he left in the middle of a sexual harassment scandal during which he had an affair with a staff member - Dann, in the statement, wrote he ''learned a great deal about the importance of taking responsibility for one's actions'' and that he has a greater respect for the rule of law.
He wrote he returns to practice with ''renewed energy for standing up to the banks and business'' for individuals and small businesses.
''I intend to continue to fight the battle against wrongful foreclosures and rejoin the fight to protect the rights of hard working people,'' Dann wrote.
Democrat state Rep. Ron Gerberry is giving his proposal to help local governments affected by brine recycling another try in this General Assembly.
Gerberry, of Austintown, re-introduced House Bill 205, a measure he says will help ''defray'' the additional costs to communities that come from brine recycling facilities in those areas.
Under the legislation, the communities where a brine recycling facility is located would have the option of putting in place a fee of 17.5 cents per barrel of recycled brine.
Gerberry said in a news release last week the fee would help communities generate the money they need to cover the increased costs associated with having a recycling center in community, like damaged roads due to increased truck traffic.
The bill was introduced Wednesday. It has not been assigned to a committee. Gerberry first introduced the measure in 2012, only to have it languish in the House's Agriculture and Natural Resources committee.