- The Florida Legislature will convene on Monday to consider a state takeover of the Reedy Creek Improvement District, the Disney created government body that oversees Walt Disney World in Florida.
- This is taking place after a very public feud with the Walt Disney Company and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, which he called a “Woke” corporation, after the company opposed the controversial bill DeSantis approved, commonly referred to as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
- Last year, the Governor urged the Legislature to dissolve the special district that Disney put into place, but has until June 1st to replace or revise it. DeSantis has also said that he wants the state to take control of the district, “making sure that Disney doesn’t have self-governing status anymore,” while also ensuring that taxpayers are protected from paying the district’s $1 billion in outstanding debts. Adding that, “We will have a great framework in place to bring some sense to this, “It is not right to put one company in this special status.”
- The Reedy Creek reorganization will be filed as a local bill in the House by Rep. Fred Hawkins, R-St. Cloud, and presented in Senate committees by Sen. Travis Hutson, R-Palm Coast, according to the memo from House and Senate leaders.
- After the dissolving of Reedy Creek, Disney suspended all political contributions to the state.
What They’re Saying:
- State Rep. Anna Eskamani, D-Orlando: “The governor will appoint his friends to ensure Disney behaves,” she said. “It is like putting chaperones over you.”
- State Sen. Linda Stewart, D-Orlando: “I think [Reedy Creek] has done an extraordinary job. I have not seen any abuse of authority. They did the business of what needed to be done in a timely manner.”