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Branstad signs bill to increase domestic abuse penalties

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -

Governor Terry Branstad signed a bill on Wednesday that added steeper penalties to certain domestic abuse cases.

"Domestic violence is a huge problem in Iowa and in the U.S. Over the last years, [we]finally started to tackle issues [and] made progress, but still a lot needs to be done," Attorney General Tom Miller said.

Previously, strangulation or choking in an abuse case was a simple misdemeanor or up to 30 days in jail.

The new legislation increases the penalty to an aggravated misdemeanor or up to a year in jail.

Miller said his office has been working on this change for five years.

The legislature overwhelmingly approved the measure with little debate.

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