On Friday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R), suggested he plans to seek state officials to seize control of unique local government powers that were originally held by Disney World. This is a fresh indicator that the battle over talking about LGBTQ issues in Florida’s schools from last year is not yet over.
A notification that was posted on the website of a county government in Florida stated that state legislators would be asked to vote during the upcoming legislative session on the issue of granting a state board ownership of land that includes the largest amusement park in the state of Florida.
Following many weeks of the governor’s public attacks on Disney World, state lawmakers in April 2021 took away that power from the entertainment behemoth. If the state legislature does not intervene within the next few months, a county in Florida is going to assume control of the district.
The proposed piece of legislation was unveiled on Friday by Taryn Fenske, a spokesperson for DeSantis. In her tweet, Fenske stated, “The corporate kingdom has come to an end.” A request for a response was sent to Disney, but they did not react right away.
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Reedy Creek Improvement District was under Disney’s control for the better part of four decades until just last year, making Disney one of the most influential firms in the state of Florida. The district is a quasi-governmental organization that has been granted extraordinary powers to supervise and administer the land that is located in the vicinity of the expansive amusement park.
Disputes about “improvement districts” almost never garner public attention. But the battle over this specific district has garnered national attention because it is widely viewed as a proxy war between DeSantis and Disney. This is due to Disney’s outspoken objections to the controversial Parental Rights in Education Act, which was signed into law by the governor last year and was dubbed the “don’t say gay” bill by opponents.
Disney has argued against the proposed legislation that would have prohibited the discussion of gender-related topics with children younger than the third grade.
DeSantis turned it into a cultural conflict by referring to the corporation as “woke Disney” and claiming that it “stepped the line.”
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