The Florida Senate just cleared the way for DeSantis to run for president while passing their elections overhaul bill.
Here’s the news:
JUST IN: The Florida Senate passes the elections overhaul bill 28-12
It includes the change to Florida's resign-to-run law
— Lydia Nusbaum (@LydiaNusbaum) April 26, 2023
Here’s more from WSBT:
Florida Senators gathered on Wednesday to discuss changes to the election laws that would allow Gov. Ron DeSantis to run for president without resigning.
The amendment to Senate Bill 7050 clarifies Florida’s existing “Resign-to-Run” law, which requires lawmakers to resign from their current position to qualify for other forms of public office.
Under the proposed amendment, any person seeking the office of president or vice president of the United States would not be subject to abide by the existing “Resign-to-Run” law as it currently stands in Florida Statute Section 99.012.
“As far as what this bill means, he is seen as a potential contender for the Republican nomination for 2024,” said Craig Agranoff, a political expert at FAU.
“It allows him to maintain his base in Florida, which is a huge swing state,” said Agranoff. “It also allows him to raise a lot more money for the presidential campaign while still being Governor of the state of Florida, it also gives him a national platform to promote his expertise and his messaging.”
This may have been what DeSantis has been waiting on to announce his candidacy. He continues to maintain he wants to wait until the legislative session is over. It’s officially set to conclude a week from Friday.