DeSantis Signs Bill Ending Disney’s Special Self-Governing Status

by Madeleine Hubbard


Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday signed a bill ending the Walt Disney Company’s special self-governing status.

“Allowing a corporation to control its own government is bad policy, especially when the corporation makes decisions that impact an entire region,” DeSantis said in an announcement about the new law, which came largely in response to Disney’s advocacy against Florida’s Parental Rights in Education bill, called the “Don’t say gay bill” by critics.

The statement added:

HB 9-B ends Disney’s self-governing status and imposes a five-member state control board that is appointed by the Governor and subject to Senate confirmation.
This legislation amends the Reedy Creek Improvement District charter which: 
    • ENDS Disney’s self-governing status.
    • ENDS Disney’s exemption from the Florida Building Code and Florida Fire Prevention Code.
    • ENDS Disney’s exemption from state regulatory reviews and approvals.
    • ENDS Disney’s secrecy by ensuring transparency. 
    • ENSURES that Disney will pay its fair share of taxes.
    • PREVENTS leftist local governments from using the situation to raise local taxes.
    • IMPOSES Florida law so that Disney is no longer given preferential treatment.
    • ENSURES that Disney’s municipal debt will be paid by Disney, not Florida taxpayers.

“This legislation ends Disney’s self-governing status, makes Disney live under the same laws as everybody else, and ensures that Disney pays its debts and fair share of taxes.” DeSantis’ office said.

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Madeleine Hubbard joined Just the News as a fast file reporter after working as an editor at Breitbart News. Hubbard previously served as the special assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Photo “Ron DeSantis” by Gage Skidmore. CC BY-SA 2.0. Background Photo “Disney World” by Kaleeb18. CC BY-SA 4.0.




Reprinted with permission from Just the News

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