Friday, April 22, 2022

UNPRECEDENTED: Florida House Votes to Strip Disney World of Its Self-Government Following Company's Political Meddling Against Parents

Source: Daily Wire

Published: April 21, 2022

By: Ryan Saavedra

Florida’s Republican-led House voted on Thursday to eliminate a special taxing district that allows Walt Disney Co. to govern the land where its theme park is located. (Disclosure: The Daily Wire has announced plans for kids entertainment content.)

The bill passed in a 70-38 vote and is now being sent to Governor Ron DeSantis’ (R) office to be signed into law after Florida’s Senate approved the measure yesterday.

The special district, known as the Reedy Creek Improvement District, exempts Disney from numerous regulations and taxes and fees which reportedly saves the company tens of millions of dollars per year.


Disney’s ability to govern the area was created when the Reedy Creek Improvement Act was signed into law in May 1967. The local government did not have the resources needed to help bring Disney’s 25,000 acre plan to fruition so the Reedy Creek Improvement District was established to give Disney the same authority as a county-level government.

House Speaker Chris Sprowls noted that the decision to push the legislation came in response to Disney opposing the “Parental Rights in Education” bill.

“They used their platform to perpetuate what we believe to be a lie, which is that the bill did one thing that it really didn’t do at all,” Sprowls said. “I think the governor’s anger was well placed.”

The New York Times highlighted the power that Disney holds in the state of Florida:

Disney employs 38 lobbyists in Florida’s capital. Each election cycle, the company gives generous campaign contributions to Florida candidates from both sides of the political aisle. Its theme park mega-resort near Orlando attracts more than 50 million visitors a year, powering a Central Florida tourism economy that annually generates more than $5 billion in local and state tax revenue.

“If Disney wants to pick a fight, they chose the wrong guy,” DeSantis wrote in a fund-raising email this week. “I will not allow a woke corporation based in California to run our state,” he continued.

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