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A WHOLE NEW 'WORLD': FLA Senate Votes to End Disney World's Special Jurisdiction

posted by Hannity Staff - 4.20.22

Looks like Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) is delivering on his promise.

The Florida Senate voted on Wednesday to end Disney World’s special tax and governing jurisdiction. S. 4-C would dissolve the Reedy Creek Improvement District that was authorized back in 1967 to boost tourism.

From Breitbart News…

The Florida legislature authorized the special district in 1967 to boost economic development and tourism; however, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and Florida Republicans proposed the legislation to eliminate the special district after Disney has continued to oppose DeSantis’s Parental Rights in Education Bill and also pushed to incorporate “many, many, many LGBTQIA characters in its stories.”

DeSantis said state lawmakers would consider the proposal this week to strip Disney’s special district. Florida state Rep. Randy Fine (R) followed quickly in suit to propose the legislation to eliminate this corporate welfare for Disney.

The Florida state House will likely take up the legislation on Thursday; the Florida House State Affairs Committee passed it favorably out of the committee on Tuesday.

Florida state Rep. Randy Fine shared the news on Twitter:

“BREAKING: Disney is a guest in Florida. Today, we remind them. @GovDeSantis just expanded the Special Session so I could file HB3C which eliminates Reedy Creek Improvement District, a 50 yr-old special statute that makes Disney to exempt from laws faced by regular Floridians.”

“Notwithstanding s. 189.072(2), any independent special district established…prior to…November 5, 1968… is dissolved effective June 1, 2023,” the legislation reads.

“What I would say as a matter of first principle is I don’t support special privileges in law just because a company is powerful and they’ve been able to wield a lot of power,” DeSantis said during a press conference last month. “I think what has happened is there’s a lot of these special privileges that are not justifiable, but because Disney had held so much sway, they were able to sustain a lot of special treatment over the years.”

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