Wednesday morning the Wyoming House of Representatives passed a sweeping enhancement of penalties for strangulation of a household member, domestic assault and domestic battery. The bill, Senate File 19, passed the House on a vote of 34-26. If not vetoed by the Governor, strangulation of a household member will become a “violent felony” with a ten year maximum penalty. Rep. Clark Stith, R-Rock Springs, carried the bill in the House. The bill also increases the penalty for first offense domestic assault from no jail time to 6 months and increases second offense domestic battery to a maximum 10 year sentence. In presenting the bill on the House Floor, Stith said “this bill sends the message that Wyoming takes domestic violence seriously.” Strangulation of a household member does not, however, apply to siblings.