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Florida Gov. DeSantis signs bill establishing state control over land around Disney

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed bill on Monday that asserts state oversight over the land surrounding Walt Disney World, drastically altering a special tax district that has allowed Walt Disney Co to operate with considerable autonomy for the past half-century.

Ron DeSantis signed the bill at Reedy Creek Fire Station #4 in Lake Buena Vista.

“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 a statement. “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.”

According to press release, this legislation amends the Reedy Creek Improvement District charter which:

  • 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.

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