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The Florida Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would remove the special tax district and self-governing status that was granted to Disney as lawmakers have criticized the company for opposing a parental rights bill.
The chamber, which was called into a special session by Gov. Ron DeSantis, passed the bill in a 23–16 vote to dissolve Disney’s special status within Florida, allowing the firm to self-government on its property—including Disney World—around Orlando. Specifically, the measure would dismantle the 50-year-old Reedy Creek Improvement District that allows the corporation to oversee its infrastructure laws, zoning, and even policing.
The Republican-led Florida House will now take up the bill. Disney has not issued a public statement on the matter, and The Epoch Times has contacted its corporate headquarters for comment.
A 1967 law passed by Florida’s House and Senate created the Reedy Creek Improvement District, but DeSantis recently told legislators that Florida’s Constitution “generally disfavors” laws that provide special privileges to corporations.
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