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Florida Senate Votes to Remove Disney’s Special Self-Governing Status


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Ron DeSantis continues to prove to be a rising star in American politics after dealing Disney another blow.

Disney has historically utilized a special taxing law that has allowed them to self-govern their theme parks in Florida.

The Florida Senate has just voted on a bill to repeal said law by a vote of 23-16.

If passed, this would eliminate Disney’s special taxing district on June 1st 2023.

The bill will now head to the state House.

As for DeSantis, he’s on the front lines of the battle against Disney.

“I am announcing today that we are expanding the call of what they are going to be considering this week. And so, yes, they will be considering the congressional map, but they also will be considering termination of all special districts that were enacted in Florida prior to 1968, and that includes the Reedy Creek Improvement District,” DeSantis proclaimed during a recent news conference.

Our friends at CBS News have the breaking story:

The Florida state senate voted to repeal a law allowing Walt Disney World to operate a private government over its properties in the state, the latest volley in a feud between the Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the entertainment giant over what critics have dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” law.

DeSantis, an ascendant GOP governor and potential 2024 presidential candidate, has battled with Disney over the company’s opposition to the new law barring instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade.

On Tuesday, DeSantis raised the stakes.

As lawmakers returned to the Capitol for a special legislative session on congressional redistricting, the governor issued a proclamation that allows the GOP-controlled statehouse to take up bills eliminating Disney’s self-governing district.

“I am announcing today that we are expanding the call of what they are going to be considering this week. And so, yes, they will be considering the congressional map, but they also will be considering termination of all special districts that were enacted in Florida prior to 1968, and that includes the Reedy Creek Improvement District,” DeSantis said at a news conference, referencing the company’s governing district without mentioning Disney by name. He did not elaborate.

DeSantis has proven himself as a man who doesn’t back down

Here’s more on Disney’s current protections from the Post Millennial:

DeSantis asked lawmakers on Tuesday to consider eliminating the special taxing district that allows Disney to act as its own form of local government.

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He said that lawmakers would be “considering termination of all special districts that were enacted in Florida prior to 1968, and that includes the Reedy Creek Improvement District.”

The Reedy Creek Improvement District near Orlando allows Disney to be protected from local government regulations and property taxes, reports NBC News.

As for Disney, their reputation is already badly tarnished.

People are turning against them in droves:

Florida isn’t interested in Disney’s “California values.”



 

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