The 40-square-mile Orlando district governed by Disney, called the Reedy Creek Improvement District, may soon be out of control of studios as the Florida Legislature has voted to end Disney’s rule over the district.
The move is being seen as a retaliation for the company’s resistance to the so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’. billReport Variety. A day after it passed through the state Senate, the House of Representatives approved the bill by a vote of 70–38. The bill is expected to be signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis.
DeSantis has taken aim at Disney for a “special privilege” after the company announced its opposition to parental rights in education legislation last month. The bill forbids classroom discussion of gender identity and sexual orientation in kindergarten through third grade, and mandates that all discussion in subsequent classes be “age-friendly”. Parents have also been given the power to sue school districts over alleged violations.
Disney came out against the law after rebellion from its own employees who had made a mistake. company To remain silent in the face of an anti-LGBT agenda.
The legislature created the Reedy Creek District in 1967, giving Disney almost complete control over zoning, public services, and utilities at Walt Disney World Resort and its three other Orlando theme parks.
Once the regime is handed over, Orange and Ossiola counties will likely assume responsibility for public services in the region. The government will also inherit the district’s debt, which currently stands at about $1 billion.
Orange County’s elected tax collector Scott Randolph tweeted Wednesday that eliminating the district would cost $163 million a year for services and loan payments.
The move could face legal challenges. Disney did not issue any comment. The legislature also passed a bill to remove a special carving out for Disney from the state’s social media “censorship” law.
The law aims to regulate the social media platform, but it is pending a federal lawsuit. Just before it was approved last year, legislators created an exemption for any company that owns theme parks in the state to protect Disney+.