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Florida lawmakers make move for more control over Disney

Florida lawmakers make move for more control over Disney


Florida lawmakers make move for more control over Disney

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida lawmakers will move to increase state control of Walt Disney World's private government, according to a notice published Friday, the latest development in a feud that developed when Disney condemned a parental rights bill.

The notice posted on the Osceola County website says the Republican-controlled statehouse will take up legislation changing the structure and powers of the Reedy Creek Improvement District, as the 55-year-old Disney government is known.

A bill has not yet been filed detailing exactly what changes would be under consideration. The notice serves as a procedural step in what has become a closely watched process between Disney and Florida.

Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis last year signed legislation that would dissolve the Disney government in June 2023, a moved aimed at punishing the company for its public opposition to a law that bars instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade and lessons deemed not age appropriate.

Additionally, Disney said it would suspend political donations in the state and that it would support organizations working to oppose the parental rights law.

DeSantis and statehouse Republicans slammed Disney, saying the entertainment giant had become a promoter of left wing ideologies that are inappropriate for young children.