Shell election bill prompts speculation on resign-to-run, voting reforms

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But Kathleen Passidomo suggested the resignation requirements need more research.

A shell elections bill filed late Thursday has speculation in Tallahassee running rampant.

The Senate Ethics and Elections Committee dropped the bill (SPB 7050) with little information. The entirety of the bill’s text at the time it was published stated: “The Legislature intends to revise laws relating to elections.”

Senate President Kathleen Passidomo’s Office promised a final draft could be published as soon as Friday or as late as Monday before a deadline for amendments. The bill is slated for discussion at a committee hearing on Tuesday, April 4, at 2 p.m.

The legislation prompted some speculation the bill could be a change to Florida’s resign-to-run law that could allow Gov. Ron DeSantis to launch a campaign for President without promising to leave his state office mid-term. Legislative leaders signaled ahead of Session they have little problem with such a change to statute.

But Passidomo splashed cold water on the prospect in an availability with press when asked specifically about a resign-to-run component.

“No, I don’t think so. We’re still researching whether or not we really need it,” she said. “We just haven’t had time to do it. I can only do one thing at a time. We’re going to do that next.”

That hinted Passidomo may have confidence in legal interpretations that the nature of running for President differs from any other office, and that DeSantis need not resign his position as Governor to run for the White House.

So what is the bill? That’s unclear, but Passidomo said it could be quite a bit.

“We have a myriad of things we’ve been looking into,” she said. “It’s going to be pretty robust, well-drafted.”

She said Sen. Danny Burgess, a Zephyrhills Republican and Chair of the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee, has worked hard on the bill ahead of the coming hearing. Burgess’ Office has not responded yet to requests for information.

But Democrats already have voiced some anxiety about the legislation’s substance.

“Surely the legislature wouldn’t put in a last-minute, vague elections bill that could cause sweeping change to our democr — oh wait,” tweeted Sen. Tracie Davis, a Jacksonville Democrat.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • Earl Pitts American

    March 31, 2023 at 11:09 am

    Good morning Ameica,
    I’ve done all I can do, I’ve told Ron time and time again, Passudoma is a snake in the grass, and will squint at him thru those coke bottles with a fake smile, while stabbing Ron in the back.
    But it was all like “no Earl Pitts American I trust her because she’s like and old and stuff. Plus she reminds me of my Grandmother”.
    Well here she comes now to dash your POTUS dreams against the rocks.
    “I told ypu so” said Earl Pitts American.
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts American

  • wake up America

    April 1, 2023 at 7:58 am

    I wish that Runduh Santos would resign and run to Mexico, Canada, or Hell, even Texas. After all, he is just pretending to be Florida’s Governor when he is really a candidate for President of the US! Loser. Ask Tramp if Runduh knows much about back-stabbing and you will get an earfull!!!

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