by Madeleine Hubbard
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday signed a bill ending the Walt Disney Company’s special self-governing status.
“Allowing a corporation to control its own government is bad policy, especially when the corporation makes decisions that impact an entire region,” DeSantis said in an announcement about the new law, which came largely in response to Disney’s advocacy against Florida’s Parental Rights in Education bill, called the “Don’t say gay bill” by critics.
The statement added:
- ENDS Disney’s self-governing status.
- ENDS Disney’s exemption from the Florida Building Code and Florida Fire Prevention Code.
- ENDS Disney’s exemption from state regulatory reviews and approvals.
- ENDS Disney’s secrecy by ensuring transparency.
- ENSURES that Disney will pay its fair share of taxes.
- PREVENTS leftist local governments from using the situation to raise local taxes.
- IMPOSES Florida law so that Disney is no longer given preferential treatment.
- ENSURES that Disney’s municipal debt will be paid by Disney, not Florida taxpayers.
“This legislation ends Disney’s self-governing status, makes Disney live under the same laws as everybody else, and ensures that Disney pays its debts and fair share of taxes.” DeSantis’ office said.
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Madeleine Hubbard joined Just the News as a fast file reporter after working as an editor at Breitbart News. Hubbard previously served as the special assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Photo “Ron DeSantis” by Gage Skidmore. CC BY-SA 2.0. Background Photo “Disney World” by Kaleeb18. CC BY-SA 4.0.
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Without reading the entire text of the bill it’s difficult to determine if this was a step in the right direction or an authoritarian power grab that will bite republicans in the backside in the future.
I have no use for the Disney woke leadership but alarm bells ring when a government entity greatly interferes in a private company . So now DeSantis gets to pick the board . What happens when a Democrat becomes governor. ? People can say Disney had excessive control but that was the deal they set up to come to Florida to begin with.
Most don’t realize is that most of Florida was swamp land with little more than some beaches to offer. Some things like zoning , using just one example, you can’t build an amusement park like that following local zoning .
This is Florida treating Disney EXACTLY like EVERY OTHER similar company. YOUR analysis is decidedly BIASED in favor of the very woke leadership you claim you have no use for.
It’s about time someone acts like a grown up in this infantile world.
Thank Goodness!! If Walt Disney was still alive none of this nonsense would be going on! This is not Disney World he made! Thank You Governor DeSantis!!