During a press briefing on Tuesday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) announced that the state’s legislature will consider ending the special status of the Reedy Creek Improvement District, which administers a large portion of Walt Disney World.
The Reedy Creek Improvement District administers a large portion of Walt Disney World.
According to a video of the governor’s press briefing, which was published on Twitter, DeSantis stated that the special session of the state’s legislature will be enlarged to include consideration of the termination of all special districts established in Florida before 1968.
Disney has enjoyed a special status since 1967, which has given the business the legal authority to operate under its own government in the area surrounding Walt Disney World in central Florida.
Disney’s special status, which allows the company to operate as a self-governing entity in the area surrounding its Orlando park, was questioned by DeSantis earlier this month when he claimed that the company had “alienated a lot of people” as a result of its opposition to Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” legislation.
In addition to congressional reapportionment, this week’s special session will include termination of legacy special districts and removal of exemptions from the big tech accountability law. pic.twitter.com/67sF4E113I
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) April 19, 2022
Disney did not immediately reply to a request for comment from The Hill newspaper.
Disney had already faced criticism for taking a neutral stance on the DeSantis-backed legislation, causing CEO Bob Chapek to express regret for his company’s decision to keep silent on the anti-LGBTQ legislation.
In my opinion, this is not merely a problem of Florida legislation, but rather another affront to fundamental human rights.
The campaign for equal rights needs the presence of a more powerful ally; nevertheless, Chapek failed to provide that demand.” “Please accept my apologies.”
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This comes amid an increasing fight between DeSantis and Disney over a law that prohibits schools in the state from teaching youngsters about gender identity or sexual orientation.
Florida’s policy, which will go into effect on July 1, comes at a time when a number of other states have approved legislation that specifically targets LGBTQ students in public schools.
Several states have either introduced or passed legislation prohibiting the use of gender-affirming treatment for transgender children and adolescents, such as puberty blockers or gender-affirming procedures, in their jurisdictions.