Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday he will formally seek to strip the Walt Disney Co. of its self-governing status after it publicly bashed the Sunshine State’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay” law.
DeSantis, seen as a potential front-runner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, said lawmakers will be “considering termination of all special districts that were announced in Florida prior to 1968 — and that includes the Reedy Creek Improvement District.”
That arrangement confers wide-ranging autonomy on the state’s largest employer — including control over local police and fire units.
The governor said legislators will discuss discontinuing those privileges at an upcoming special session.
DeSantis clashed with Disney over the recently enacted legislation, which banned instruction related to gender identity or sexual orientation for kids in kindergarten through the third grade. (Read more from “FL Governor Out to Strip Disney’s Special Status Over ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill” HERE)
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