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CS/HB 537

A bill to be entitled
2An act relating to the presidential preference primary;
3amending s. 103.101, F.S.; revising the dates relating to
4the presidential preference primary; providing an
5effective date.
7Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
9     Section 1.  Subsections (1), (2), (3), and (6) of section
10103.101, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
11     103.101  Presidential preference primary.--
12     (1)  Each political party other than a minor political
13party shall, on the first second Tuesday in February March in
14each year the number of which is a multiple of 4, or the first
15Tuesday immediately following the New Hampshire presidential
16preference primary, whichever occurs first, so long as that date
17is no earlier than the second Tuesday in January of the year in
18which the presidential preference primary will be held, elect
19one person to be the candidate for nomination of such party for
20President of the United States or select delegates to the
21national nominating convention, as provided by party rule.
22     (2)  There shall be a Presidential Candidate Selection
23Committee composed of the Secretary of State, who shall be a
24nonvoting chair; the Speaker of the House of Representatives;
25the President of the Senate; the minority leader of each house
26of the Legislature; and the chair of each political party
27required to have a presidential preference primary under this
29     (a)  By October December 31 of the year preceding the
30Florida presidential preference primary, each political party
31shall submit to the Secretary of State a list of its
32presidential candidates to be placed on the presidential
33preference primary ballot or candidates entitled to have
34delegates appear on the presidential preference primary ballot.
35The Secretary of State shall prepare and publish a list of the
36names of the presidential candidates submitted. The Secretary of
37State shall submit such list of names of presidential candidates
38to the selection committee on the first Tuesday after the first
39Monday in November of the January each year preceding the a
40presidential preference primary election is held. Each person
41designated as a presidential candidate shall have his or her
42name appear, or have his or her delegates' names appear, on the
43presidential preference primary ballot unless all committee
44members of the same political party as the candidate agree to
45delete such candidate's name from the ballot. The selection
46committee shall meet in Tallahassee on the first Tuesday after
47the first Monday in November of the January each year preceding
48the a presidential preference primary is held. The selection
49committee shall publicly announce and submit to the Department
50of State no later than 5 p.m. on the following day the names of
51presidential candidates who shall have their names appear, or
52who are entitled to have their delegates' names appear, on the
53presidential preference primary ballot. The Department of State
54shall immediately notify each presidential candidate designated
55by the committee. Such notification shall be in writing, by
56registered mail, with return receipt requested.
57     (b)  Any presidential candidate whose name does not appear
58on the list submitted to the Secretary of State may request that
59the selection committee place his or her name on the ballot.
60Such request shall be made in writing to the Secretary of State
61no later than the second Tuesday after the first Monday in
62November of the year preceding the presidential preference
63primary January.
64     (c)  If a presidential candidate makes a request that the
65selection committee reconsider placing the candidate's name on
66the ballot, the selection committee will reconvene no later than
67the second Thursday after the first Monday in November of the
68year preceding the presidential preference primary January to
69reconsider placing the candidate's name on the ballot. The
70Department of State shall immediately notify such candidate of
71the selection committee's decision.
72     (3)  A candidate's name shall be printed on the
73presidential preference primary ballot unless the candidate
74submits to the Department of State, prior to the second Tuesday
75after the first Monday in November of the year preceding the
76presidential preference primary January, an affidavit stating
77that he or she is not now, and does not presently intend to
78become, a candidate for President at the upcoming nominating
79convention. If a candidate withdraws pursuant to this
80subsection, the Department of State shall notify the state
81executive committee that the candidate's name will not be placed
82on the ballot. The Department of State shall, no later than the
83third Tuesday after the first Monday in November of the year
84preceding the presidential preference primary January, certify
85to each supervisor of elections the name of each candidate for
86political party nomination to be printed on the ballot.
87     (6)  Delegates must qualify no later than the second Friday
88in November of the year preceding the presidential preference
89primary January in the manner provided by party rule.
90     Section 2.  This act shall take effect July 1, 2007.

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