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Capitol Update is a weekly review of state government. Topics this week include:
- The Florida Education Association claimed a first victory in a lawsuit against a state order to reopen classrooms or risk losing state funds – which the Commissioner of Education believes the state will ultimately win.
- Five months into a nursing home visitation ban due to the pandemic, a task force finalized suggestions on how to best allow visitors back – which included allowing some to hug their loved ones.
- With more water management board seats expiring across the state, one member from Southwest Florida warned against trying to do business without a quorum.