The Florida House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday, that if signed, will remove Walt Disney World’s private government. The legislative victory for the republicans in the sunshine state gives Gov. Ron DeSantis a win in his quarrel with Disney after the Florida theme park behemoth publicly voiced its opposition to the passing of what many call the “Don’t Say Gay” law.
The passing of the bill by the house, which had already successfully made its way through the Florida Senate, means an end to Disney’s Reedy Creek Improvement District. Reedy Creek gave Disney authority to levy taxes, manage its utilities, and build roads as it deemed necessary for the theme park’s needs. A number of other special districts that were created prior to 1968 and haven’t been renewed since will be eliminated by June 1st 2023. Under the new proposal there is a provision allowing for re-establishment of special districts after they’re dissolved.
It is expected that Gov. Ron DeSantis will sign the bill when it hits his desk in Tallahassee.