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Senate rejects resign to run law change

The Florida Senate this afternoon overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to alter Florida's resign-to-run law that would have allowed anyone in elected office to run for president and vice president without giving up their current post.

Sen. Lee Constantine drew up the proposal at the request of House Republicans and had planned to attach it to a comprehensive elections bill that includes nearly $28 million to buy new voting machines for the 15 counties that also use touchscreen machines.

But his fellow senators were skeptical about the proposal and without a lot of debate shot it down on a voice vote.

Senators also shot down a proposal by Sen. Steve Geller to move back the date of Florida's presidential primary to February. The legislation now calls for the primary to be held on Jan. 29th. Geller said he asked for the date change in order to tell national party leaders that he "tried" to stop the change. Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean has threatened to take away delegates from Florida if the primary is moved up before Feb. 5.

"We really really want this,'' said Geller sarcastically, right before it was scuttled.