Florida move to revoke special status for Disney

Fox News has reported that Republican lawmakers overcame Democratic opposition this week to pass a bill stripping Disney of its special status under state law. 

The corporation was given the ability to govern its property near Orlando in 1967 following passage of The Reedy Creek Improvement Act.

Move supported by Gov. Ron DeSantis

Fox News explained that under the law’s provisions, Disney held “the same authority and responsibility as a county government.” The bill which abolished that power came at the urging of Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.

“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,” Fox News quoted DeSantis as saying during a press conference last month.

DeSantis has recently clashed with Disney over its opposition to the Parental Rights in Education Act, a piece of legislation that has been smeared by many in Hollywood and the media as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

It provides that “classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade three, or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards.”

The law also states that schools “may not discourage or prohibit parental notification of and involvement in critical decisions affecting a student’s mental, emotional, or physical health or well-being.”

Poll shows just over half of Florida Democrats support education bill

Fox News noted that Disney issued a statement that condemned the new law and referred to it as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill even though the word “gay” does not appear in its text.

“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,” Disney’s statement read.

“Our goal as a company is for this law to be repealed by the legislature or struck down in the courts, and we remain committed to supporting the national and state organizations working to achieve that,” the company continued.

“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,” it concluded.

Fox News reported last month that a poll conducted by Alvarado Strategies on behalf of Floridians for Economic Advancement found the bill is widely popular and even has the support of 52% of Florida Democrats.

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