In 2009 State Rep Phyllis Mundy (D-120th) wrote a bill to address some of the problems in the juvenile justice system in response to the Juvie Brother's scandal. It passed the State House but it died in the Republican controlled Senate. In 2011 Tarah Toohil ((R-116th) introduced a similar bill. It passed the House and the Senate.
TL: “It’s not word for word, but it’s my bill. It’s my idea and pretty much my
language,” Mundy said. Mundy made a comment about Toohil’s legislation on the
House floor, saying “imitation is the most sincere form of flattery.”
Of course Toohil denies that she was cheating like some kid on a high school term paper saying she modeled her legislation on recommendations of the Interbranch Commission on
Juvenile Justice, which is why it’s similar. She said she didn’t base her bill
on Mundy’s...“I don’t care who gets it done, I just want it to get done,” she said, adding
that Mundy should receive credit for her work on juvenile justice issues.
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