Don’t Say Gay Feud Moves Forward With New Legislative Proposals

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida lawmakers will seek to increase state control over private government at Walt Disney World, according to a notice released Friday, the latest development in a feud over a law critics have dubbed “Don’t Say Gay.”

the note A report published on Osceola County’s website said the Republican-controlled Statehouse will enact legislation that will change the structure and powers of the Reedy Creek Improvement District, as the 55-year-old Disney administration is known.

A bill has not yet been tabled detailing what changes are being considered. The notification serves as a procedural step in a process between Disney and Florida that is now being closely monitored.

Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis last year signed legislation that would dissolve the Disney administration in June 2023, a move aimed at punishing the company for its public opposition a law which bans teaching about sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade and teaching that is not considered age appropriate.

In addition, Disney said it would suspend political donations in the state and support organizations opposed to the Education Act.

DeSantis and the Statehouse Republicans slammed Disney, saying the entertainment giant had become a purveyor of so-called woke ideologies unsuitable for children.

The dispute marked a rare moment of discord between the state and Disney, one of Florida’s largest employers and a major political donor. It also offered another front-in an ongoing culture war that’s what made DeSantis one of the nation’s most popular Republicans.

The creation of the Reedy Creek neighborhood was pivotal in Disney’s decision to build near Orlando in the 1960s. Separate government allows the company to provide zoning, fire protection, utilities and infrastructure services on its expansive property.

The language of Friday’s announcement is consistent with assurances made by Republican lawmakers and DeSantis regarding the district’s future, including a promise that the district’s debt and bond obligations would not fall to local county governments.

The notice also states that the legislation would seek to increase the district’s government accountability, change the way its governing body is selected, and revise the district’s permitting rules and regulatory framework, among other things.

“Disney will no longer control its own government, will live by the same laws as everyone else, will be responsible for its outstanding debts, and will pay its fair share of taxes,” Taryn Fenske, a spokeswoman for DeSantis, said in a letter. “Establishing a state-controlled body also ensures that Orange County cannot use this issue as an excuse to collect taxes on Orange County residents.”

The state parliament is expected to meet for its next ordinary session in March.

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