Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has signed into law allowing him to run for president without major repercussions.
He has signed a bill into law that "clarifies Florida's resign to run" rule, making himself exempt from having to step down in case he runs for president or vice-present.
In a press release announcing the signing of 20 laws, the announcement of the signature was made by email.
Both the Senate and the House approved SB 7050, using the power of the Republican supermajority in both institutions. Democrats could not oppose such a move.
"Politically married but [continuing] to date"
GOP claims that the "resign to run" proposal only clarifies what is already allowed by law.
"I hope that by passing this, in some small measure, we can clear up the ambiguity [for DeSantis' decision to run for president]," said Rep. Tyler Sirois, R-Merritt Island. "I can't think of a better training ground than the state of Florida for a potential future commander-in-chief."
Democrats, however, criticized the proposal, questioning how DeSantis could run for office and campaign simultaneously and asking why he received what they perceived to be special treatment.
"I don't think that the governor should be able to be politically married but continue to date," said Sen. Jason Pizzo, D-Miami. "The governor's going to lose, and you just gave him a soft landing to come back."
When former President Donald Trump and his supporters spread malicious claims of voter fraud, Florida has passed major election laws yearly since the 2020 election.
Republican supporters said the changes are focused on making proactive developments to election law.
"These laws are the foundation of our democracy," said Sirois. "Election reform should be something we look at every session."
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