LAW SIGNED: Gov. Terry Branstad has signed a bill into law that increases the prison time for certain domestic abuse convictions

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A bill that increases the prison sentence for someone convicted of choking, but not killing someone in a domestic abuse situation, has been signed into law.

Gov. Terry Branstad signed the bill Wednesday morning. It allows judges to sentence someone convicted of choking their domestic partner to a year in prison.

The Iowa Senate approved the bill unanimously last legislative session and the Iowa House passed it in early February with a vote of 96-1.