Lawmakers pass bills on climate, rape kits and animal abuse

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The Connecticut General Assembly passed multiple bills Wednesday night during the last legislative session.

Lawmakers gave the final approval on a climate bill ordering the reduction of greenhouse emissions in Connecticut and tightening environmental guidelines.

Officials also passed the "clerical tracking" of rape kits administered in the state in an effort to keep victims more informed on the status of their cases.   

A bill that will create an animal abuser registry was also passed by lawmakers.

Higher profile bills that did not pass include the overhaul of the state's sexual harassment laws and policies, a bill raising the minimum wage to $12 an hour and a bill to keep animal abusers from getting accelerated rehab.

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