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Florida Senate Passes Bill to End Disney Special Tax Jurisdiction

The Florida Senate on Wednesday passed legislation to end Disney’s special tax and governmental jurisdiction.

The Senate passed S. 4-C, which is the legislation that would dissolve the Reedy Creek Improvement District, also known as special taxing and governmental jurisdiction for Walt Disney World Resort.

The legislation passed with 23 votes in favor of the bill and 16 against the bill.

The Florida Legislature authorized the Special District in 1967 to stimulate economic development and tourism; However, Governor Ron DeSantis (R) and Republicans in Florida proposed the legislation to eliminate the special district after Disney continued to oppose DeSantis’ parental rights in education bill and also pushed to incorporate “many, many, many LGBTQIA characters into his stories”.

DeSantis said state lawmakers would consider the proposal this week to strip the special ward from Disney. Florida State Representative Randy Fine (R) quickly followed suit to propose the legislation to eliminate such corporate welfare for Disney.

The Florida State House will probably be to take legislation Thursday; the Florida House State Affairs Committee passed it favorably on Tuesday.

Fine said in a statement on Tuesday: “Disney is invited to Florida. Today we remind them. @GovDeSantis just extended the special session so I can file HB3C that eliminates the Reedy Creek Improvement District, a 50-year special law that requires Disney to exempt from laws faced by ordinary Floridians.

DeSantis’ decision to eliminate the special tax jurisdiction follows the megacorporation beginning to move thousands of its employees to the more “business-friendly” state of Florida.

“Notwithstanding art. 189.072(2), any independent special district created…before…November 5, 1968…shall be dissolved effective June 1, 2023,” the legislation bed.

Sean Moran is a congressional reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SeanMoran3.

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