Florida legislature introduces bill to strip special rights from Disney World

Disney World’s 50 years of special privileges in Florida may be coming to an end if Governor Ron DeSantis (R) and the Republican state legislature have their way.¬†

Florida State Rep. Randy Fine said Tuesday that he had filed a bill to nullify the Reedy Creek Improvement Act, which has allowed Disney to function as a self-governing entity, similarly to a county, since 1967, according to Fox News.

“Disney is a guest in Florida. Today, we remind them,” Fine tweeted. “@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.”

DeSantis wants privileges revoked

DeSantis has been considering whether to revoke Disney’s special privileges, and apparently asked the legislature to file the bill during a special session.

The original law was signed in 1967 when Disney proposed building a theme park on 25,000 then-rural acres of swamp land in Orange and Osceola counties.

At the time, the counties did not have the resources to support the project, so the Reedy Creek Improvement District was established to raise the needed taxes and give autonomy to Disney.

“I am announcing today that we are expanding the call of what they are going to be considering,” DeSantis said about the bill during a Tuesday press conference at The Villages in Florida. “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.”

Disney opposition to bill

The acrimony toward Disney came from the company’s vocal opposition to the recent “Parental Rights in Education” bill signed by DeSantis and mistakenly dubbed the “don’t say gay” bill by the left.

The bill prevents schools from teaching about sexual orientation or gender identity to students in kindergarten through third grade, and limits instruction to “age-appropriate” material in older grades.

It is meant to protect children from being exposed to topics they aren’t ready to handle, and doesn’t actually prohibit staff from using the word “gay” or having conversations about the topics outside of formal curriculum.

Trust the left to try to turn a perfectly reasonable law into something “hateful.” Now, Disney may have to pay the price for towing the party line.

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