DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa House has overwhelmingly passed legislation that aims to increase penalties for offenders in kidnapping cases involving minors.
Lawmakers approved the measure Tuesday on a 96-3 vote. It now returns to the Senate for final consideration.
The bill as approved by the House would toughen penalties for kidnapping offenders in cases involving victims 17 years old and younger. It also would eliminate earned-time credit that reduces an inmate's sentence for good behavior. The original Senate version maintained the credit.
Democratic Rep. Mary Lynn Wolfe, of Clinton, says the elimination does not abide by recommendations from a task force on the topic. But Rep. Chip Baltimore, a Republican from Boone, says the elimination adheres to what the public wants.