Florida Legislature Headed to Special Session to Deal with Disney Status

by Steve Wilson


Disney’s autonomous status and several other projects will be tackled by the Florida Legislature in a special session starting Monday and scheduled to end on Feb. 17.

State House Speaker Paul Renner, R-Palm Coast, and State Senate President Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples, issued the proclamation on Friday.

One key issue that will be decided is the status of Disney World and its Reedy Creek Improvement District, a deal reached in 1967 for tax purposes. The state could take over the self-governing area, something Republican Gov.

Ron DeSantis seeks after the entertainment giant opposed a bill that restricted gender identity and sexual orientation education in the classroom.

Another issue to be tackled is the ability of the Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution to prosecute election-related crimes.

Another issue is Name, Image and Likeness rights for collegiate athletes.

Lawmakers will also take up the creation of an emergency bridge loan program to help local governments affected by hurricanes Ian and Nicole.

The Legislature will also tackle the creation of a program to transport illegal aliens and appropriate more funds for the Emergency Preparedness and Response Fund.

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Steve Wilson has been an award-winning writer and editor at The Center Square. For nearly 20 years at Wilson worked at newspapers in Georgia, Florida and Mississippi. He is a U.S. Coast Guard veteran and University of Alabama graduate.
Photo “Paul Renner” by Florida House GOP. Photo “Kathleen Passidomo” by Kathleen Passidomo. Background Photo “Disney” by Craig Adderley.


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