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  • A circuit court judge issued a written ruling in the school mask case, barring the DeSantis administration from banning mask mandates or seeking to punish local school boards that adopt such mandates.
  • Republican leaders in the Legislature said they may consider a bill similar to the Texas abortion ban the U.S. Supreme Court let stand, while Democrats in the Legislature called the Texas bill a draconian assault on women’s rights.
  • House Speaker Chris Sprowls made some committee leadership changes and promised to release committee assignments Friday.