LeeGOP exec committee to vote on resolution ‘condemning and admonishing’ party members in the State Legislature
Resign-to-Run Law, Constitutional Carry votes denounced
The Lee County Republican Executive Committee is expected to vote on a pair of resolutions Tuesday, each condemning and admonishing party members in the State Legislature for “failing to protect and defend the rights of Florida citizens.”
At issue are votes entered by the Republican supermajority in the House and the Senate on SB7050, the Resign-to-Run Law. The resolution contends the bill drastically interferes in the 2024 Republican Presidential Primary and modifies Florida Election Law “in such ways as to perpetuate fraudulent voting on the part of Florida residents rather than Florida Citizens.”
Also at issue are votes entered by the Republic supermajority in the House and the Senate on HB 543, “Constitutional Carry.” The resolution contends the legislation provides for “nothing more than ‘permit less concealed carry,'” a Constitutional Right “that does not need statutory ‘approval.'”
CS/SB 7050, which underwent 64 amendments, passed in the Senate on April 26 with 28 Yeas and 12 Nays and passed in the House on April 28 with 76 Yeas and 34 Nays. The bill is waiting the signature of Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Lee County Republican Executive Committee resolution calls for its veto.
“We Call On The Honorable Governor DeSantis to Veto Legislation that he would personally benefit from, and that Legislation which weakens or corrupts our Florida Electoral Processes,'” the resolution states.
CS/HB 543, which underwent 36 amendments, passed the House on March 24 with 76 Yeas and 32 Nays, and passed the Senate on March 30 with 27 Yeas and 13 Nays. It was signed into law by DeSantis on April 3 and will go into effect on July 1.
Florida is the 26th state to enact some form of Constitutional Carry legislation.
In full, the resolution to come before the executive committee on Tuesday states:
“Failure to Protect and Defend Florida Citizens Rights
“The Lee County Republican Executive Committee Admonishes the Super Majority Republican Florida Legislature for failing to Protect and Defend the Rights of Florida Citizens in recent and pending Legislation
“Whereas; The Florida Legislature is composed of a Super-Majority of Republicans in both the Florida Senate and Florida House of Representatives, and
“Whereas; No single person or politician in the Great State of Florida is above the law, nor should any single person or politician have any law changed exclusively for that person’s political or personal agenda or benefit, and
“Whereas; The Right to Keep & Bear Arms is a Natural, Individual Right, and “Shall Not Be Infringed”, as per our Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, and
“Whereas; The current Legislation (HB 543) referred to as “Constitutional Carry“, is not, and in fact is nothing more than “permit less concealed carry” which does not need statutory ‘approval’, per US Constitution Amendment II, and Florida Constitution, Article I, Section 8
“Be It Resolved; That Lee County Republican Executive Committee hereby condemns and admonishes decisions made by the Super-Majority Republican led Florida Legislature for:
“1. Drastically interfering in the 2024 Republican Presidential Primary by amending the Resign-to-Run Law, modifying Florida Election Law in such ways as to perpetuate fraudulent voting on the part of Florida residents rather than Florida Citizens (SB7050);
“2. Not passing Legislation to allow for the Constitutional Open-Carry of firearms (HB543); and
“We Call On The Honorable Governor DeSantis to Veto Legislation that he would personally benefit from, and that Legislation which weakens or corrupts our Florida Electoral Processes.”
The Breeze has reached out to the Lee County Republican Executive Committee person of contact on this resolution and other members of the Executive Committee. This is an evolving story and will be updated when comment is received.