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Stealth Issue in Tallahassee: Must DeSantis Resign to Run?
« on: February 27, 2023, 05:17:35 pm »

Stealth Issue in Tallahassee: Must DeSantis Resign to Run?

By Dan M. Berger
Feb. 26, 2023

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has made headlines by introducing bills pushing conservative values. They’re bills designed to make an impact while he’s governor, in a state where Republicans have supermajorities in both legislative houses.
There’s one bill that doesn’t exist yet that everyone’s thinking about. Experts are sure it’s coming, but hardly anyone talks about it. It’s the bill that would change Florida law so DeSantis won’t have to resign as governor—which state law now requires him to do—if he runs for president.

Florida Statute 99.012 (4)(a) states: “Any officer who qualifies for federal public office must resign from the office he or she presently holds if the terms, or any part thereof, run concurrently with each other.” The law goes on to state that resignation is irrevocable.

If DeSantis resigned, Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez would succeed to the office.

What’s less clear is when DeSantis would have to resign if the law isn’t changed. He would have to submit his resignation “at least ten days before the first day of qualifying for the office he or she intends to seek.” It would be effective no later than the earlier of two dates—the date he would become president if elected or the date his successor as governor would be required to take office.

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