Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) just implied that he is open to the idea of repealing the law that allows Disney to virtually govern itself, Fox News reports.
DeSantis suggested as much during a press conference that he gave on Thursday.
“I would say any special privileges that are in law I would like to get rid of generally,” DeSantis said. “I think in this particular case with Disney, I just don’t think you have very many people in the legislature anymore who are going to be able to defend a lot of what has been done over many years to really have them almost govern themselves in some of these things.”
“That was probably never appropriate to start,” he added. “But, [it] is certainly not appropriate now at this point.”
DeSantis’s comment comes after Disney recently voiced public opposition to the Florida parental rights bill that has recently been signed into law.
The bill specifically bans schools from teaching “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to young children. It also bans schools from teaching such topics “in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards.”
Members of the left, across the country, have publicly denounced the bill, dubbing it the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. This is despite the fact that the bill does not ban schools from using that word.
Disney joined in the left’s criticism with a statement that it released, saying:
Florida’s HB 1557, also known as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, should never have passed and should never have been signed into law. Our goal as a company is for this law to be repealed by the legislature or struck down in the courts, and we remain committed to supporting the national and state organizations working to achieve that. We are dedicated to standing up for the rights and safety of LGBTQ+ members of the Disney family, as well as the LGBTQ+ community in Florida and across the country.
DeSantis responded to that statement, saying:
This state is governed by the interest of the people of the state of Florida. It is not based on the demands of California corporate executives. They do not run this state. They do not control this state.
Time to take action?
DeSantis on Thursday was referring to a 55-year-old state law, known as the Reedy Creek Improvement Act, that allows Disney to effectively govern itself. Recently, Florida State Rep. Spencer Roach (R) revealed that he has been in talks with other members of Florida’s congress about repealing the law.
“Yesterday was the 2nd meeting in a week w/fellow legislators to discuss a repeal of the 1967 Reedy Creek Improvement Act, which allows Disney to act as its own government,” Roach tweeted. “If Disney wants to embrace woke ideology, it seems fitting that they should be regulated by Orange County.”
It is unclear how much support there is in Florida for repealing the law. But, it now appears that DeSantis is on board with the idea.