On Friday, the Florida House passed a bill that now heads to Governor Ron DeSantis’ desk allowing the leader to run for president without having to resign from his current post.
The bill includes a change to existing laws which would now exempt officeholders seeking to run for president or vice president from the state’s "resign-to-run" provision.
DeSantis, who is expected to announce his presidential campaign in mid-May, would not have to resign unless he wins the 2024 election and is inaugurated in 2025. DeSantis won his reelection in 2022, and would not be allowed to run in the 2026 cycle under Florida law.
"The Senate bill settles the issue by making it abundantly clear that the ‘resign-to-run’ law does not apply to persons seeking the office of president or vice president and the bill explicitly exempts candidates running for president or vice president from the ‘resign-to-run’ law, and defines the term ‘qualify’ to mean all offices that are the President or Vice President," Rep Michelle Salzman explained, who added that Florida is one of only five states in the union that has a "resign-to-run" law.
This is a breaking story and will be updated.
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