According to legislation filed on Tuesday, Florida Republicans are now reportedly prepared to amend state law to let GOP Governor Ron DeSantis to run for president without having to resign from his position.
According to the proposal changed, presidential candidates would not be subject to Florida’s so-called quit to run statute, which forbids those serving in office from running for a position that would conflict with their current term.
Although the legislative action was anticipated, its official presentation is one of the most obvious indications yet that DeSantis intends to run.
Once the state’s legislative session finishes in early May, he is anticipated to make an official announcement declaring his candidacy.
During the current legislative session, Republicans, who have a supermajority in the statehouse, have mostly concentrated on the governor’s conservative policies, passing laws that would probably may likely make up much of the governor’s platform when he announces his presidential campaign.
The amendment to a wider Republican election law bill that is anticipated to reach the Senate floor this week included the resign to run exemption, which was sponsored by a DeSantis ally.
Republican House and Senate leaders have both stated that they are open to changing the statute.
In order to aid future candidates for higher office open a way, there is precedence for amending Florida law.
To avoid issues for then-Gov. Charlie Crist, who was being considered as a potential running mate for Republican John McCain in 2008, the Republican-controlled Legislature altered the legislation in 2007.
Then, Crist switched to the Democratic party and ran against DeSantis for reelection in 2017, a race which he lost to the current GOP star.