Governor Scott Signs “Resign to Run” Bill
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Governor Scott Signs “Resign to Run” Bill

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Florida Governor Rick Scott continues to sign bills in hopes of strengthening the sunshine state, and his ventures even includes the first vetoed bill of the year. To detail, the bill signed requires state and local lawmakers to resign from their office position if they seek to pursue a congressional run.

In turn, running for Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s seat as a result of her choosing to retire would require any Florida lawmakers interested in running to choose between remaining in office or running the risk of losing the congressional bid.

In terms of Governor Scott’s first vetoed bill of the year, the bill in question is legislation calling for Palm Beach County’s Housing authority to go from five seats to seven. The Governor fills the seats on the board, but the legislation would have given authority to the Palm Beach County Commission to pick who fills the two extra seats. This, the Governor disagreed with, citing that the seats should still be filled by the Governor.

Below is the letter from Governor Scott to Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner concerning the vetoed bill:

https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/SLA-BIZHUB18033016120.pdf

In addition, Governor Scott also signed motor vehicle bill HB 215. This bill contains what some might find to be a controversial amendment allowing Florida International University to have a road to its Biscayne Bay campus that runs through a North Miami environmental preserve. FIU cited the Parkland shooting as a reason for the measure because the campus currently only has one road leading in and out.

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