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Capitol Update is a weekly review of state government. Topics this week include:
- The Florida Education Association, the union that represents most of Florida’s teachers and school staff, is suing the state over its back to school mandate.
- With workers comp claim numbers rising for first responders, some elected officials are looking toward policy to see how the state can best help keep them protected.
- The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officially suspended the wild oyster industry in Apalachicola – a move to try to restore the oyster population.