Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Florida House Bill to Clarify Presidential Primary Date Unanimously Passes Senate, Moves on to Governor

The Senate version of the bill to clarify the date of the 2016 presidential primary in the Sunshine state came before the membership on the floor on the morning of Wednesday, March 18.

The bill's sponsor, Senate President Pro Tempore Garrett Richter (R-23rd, Collier, Lee), made a motion to substitute the identical House-passed versions of the bill (HB 7035) for the Senate version (SB 7036). That motion was agreed upon, the bill moved to third reading and then was voted on. The upper chamber, like the House, unanimously passed the substituted House version by a vote of 39-0.

The bill will now move to Governor Scott's desk for his consideration. Given the unanimous support in both chambers, the bill is very likely to be signed.

To reiterate, this legislation does not change the date of the Florida presidential primary. It merely simplifies the language of the statute and clarifies the date of the election. For more, see here and here.

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