Florida lawmakers consider resign-to-run exception for DeSantis

It’s not clear whether the resign-to-run law applies to governors, but legislators have made exceptions for past governors who sought higher office.
FILE – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to a crowd at Adventure Outdoors gun store, Thursday, March 30, 2023, in Smyrna, Ga. DeSantis, who is widely expected to announce a campaign and is seen as former President Donald Trump’s top rival, accused prosecutors of stretching the law to target an opponent. But his remarks came a week after DeSantis took a shot at the tawdry circumstances underlying the case when asked to comment on it. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Florida lawmakers are considering whether to set aside existing state law that prevents an elected official from seeking higher office as Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) makes final preparations for an all-but-official White House bid in 2024.

The law, as it exists today, requires any elected or appointed officer to resign from office ten days before qualifying as a candidate for office in another state, district, county or municipality if the term for that other office overlaps with the term they are currently serving.

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