Florida lawmakers are considering revising a law that would help DeSantis in 2024

Florida lawmakers are reviewing a piece of legislation that would open the door for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) to run for president in 2024, according to a new report.

While the Republican governor has remained silent about his political intentions, there is speculation that he will throw his hat in the 2024 presidential race. A change in the law would likely make such a move easier for him to maneuver.

According to the Associate Press, “There is precedent for changes to Florida law to clear the way for potential candidates for higher office.”

The AP reports:

“A ‘resign to run’ law requires state officeholders to commit to relinquishing their positions if they run for federal office. The measure, which has been on and off the books for decades, was passed in Reinstated in 2018. But Republican leaders in the GOP-dominated legislature have signaled their willingness to change or repeal the law when they meet again in March.”

Jon McGowan, an attorney specializing in state government law, explained how this type of “resign-to-run” law might work. McGowan insists the purpose of the law would be “not to have an endless election”.

“What we will see is they will create a new section so that candidates for president or vice president don’t have to resign to run, and only if they win,” he said.

The latest developments have led to heated discussions among legal experts who have expressed their views on the current law and the proposed amendments.

Bob Jarvis, a professor at Nova Southeastern University, argues that the current law speaks volumes. “There’s no ambiguity, no debate, no dispute,” Jarvis said. “Under current law, DeSantis cannot run for president until he first steps down as governor.”

He also explained why, in his view, there is no argument to justify the implementation of such laws.

“You can make the argument that there’s no reason to have this law. The voters all knew there was a chance that (DeSantis) wouldn’t complete his term as governor and that he was at least considering a presidential run,” he said Jarvis. “No voter could say, ‘I’ve been duped into voting for someone.'”

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