State lawmakers look to make penalties for domestic and family violence crimes tougher this year.
Reports show three proposed bills this session will look to change the penalties for domestic violence, stalking and strangulation.
One proposed bill would broaden the definition of stalking and would raise the maximum punishment for misdemeanor stalking and felony stalking.
Another bill would allow a six month sentence on a first offense for domestic assault and a one-year sentence for people convicted a second time.
Some senators say the goal with these bills is to make the laws more uniform.