An Iowa House committee has given approval to a bill that would toughen penalties for crimes against children. House Study Bill 501, drafted in response to the abduction and killing of Kathlynn Shepard, received unanimous committee support and will now advance to the House floor. The legislation would raise the penalty for kidnapping a child 15 or younger to a Class B felony, which is punishable by up to 25 years in prison. In addition, it seeks to eliminate the earned-time credit for prison sentences that involve crimes against children. Last May, Shepard and a friend were abducted by Michael Klunder, a convicted felon and sex offender who was released from prison early for good behavior.