The Florida Senate just passed a piece of legislation to end Disney’s self-governing status, Fox News reports.
Since 1967, Disney has been allowed to govern itself under The Reedy Creek Improvement Act. The purpose of the act was twofold: to develop the area and to attract tourists.
Disney essentially has been on par with a county government over the past half-century. It controls its own power supply, its own water, its own emergency services, and many more things.
But, now, Disney could possibly lose all of this, including its self-governing power, its tax privilege, and its special exemption status.
Step one complete
On Wednesday, the Florida Senate passed S. 4-C by a vote of 23 to 16. The bill, in essence, ends The Reedy Creek Improvement Act.
Next, the bill will be considered by the Florida House of Representatives. It has already made it through the Florida House State Affairs Committee.
Following the Florida Senate’s vote, State Rep. Randy Fine (R), the man who introduced the legislation in Florida’s House, tweeted:
Disney is a guest in Florida. Today, we remind them. @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.
If the bill does make it through the Florida House, then it will just be up to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) to sign it into law, and there is every indication that he would.
DeSantis floated the idea of ending Disney’s self-governing status after Disney went on the attack against DeSantis’s parental rights bill, the one the left is referring to as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
After the bill was passed, Disney, at first, kept quiet. But, then, after some criticism, it decided to release this statement:
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 Our goal as a company is for this law to be repealed by the legislature or struck down in the courts, and we remain committed to supporting the national and state organizations working to achieve that.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.
In response, DeSantis issued a statement saying that Disney had “crossed the line.” And, he suggested putting an end to Disney’s self-governing status.
Now, DeSantis and his fellow Florida Republicans are following through. Disney brought this one upon itself. As they say, “get woke, go broke.”