GOP legislators across the state of Florida have met in an effort to discuss repealing the “self-governing” status that Disney enjoys in the Sunshine State. Discussions of the repeal emerge after the company has levied fierce criticism against the recently passed Parental Rights in Education law in Florida.
In 1967, Disney was granted special control over its own operations, including fire protection and law enforcement, an agreement designed to encourage the theme park to open in the the state in 1967.
The “self-governing” status is permitted through the 1967 Reedy Creek Improvement Act, and legislators are currently evaluating the repeal of that particular act.
“If Disney wants to embrace woke ideology, it seems fitting that they should be regulated by Orange County,” State Representative Spencer Ranch, a Republican from Lee County, declared.
On Monday, Republican Governor Ron DeSantis signed legislation that will forbid any discussion of gender identity or sexual orientation to children in kindergarten through third grade.
Various critics have blasted the bill, claiming that it allegedly discriminates against LGBTQA+ individuals.
However, supporters of the bill, which will go into full effect on July 1, observe that the legislation is designed to protect young children from being subjected to highly inappropriate, adult-themed subject matter.
After the approval of the bill, the Walt Disney Company became angered, arguing that it would fight back against the law.
In response, DeSantis declared the company “crossed a line” in moving to repeal the law, especially given the “substantive protections for parents [and children]” implicit in the language of the legislation.
“For [Disney] to say they’re going to actively work to repeal substantive protections for parents [and children] … I think they crossed the line,” DeSantis informed reporters, noting that the violation of the line is especially egregious considering that Disney is “a company that is supposedly marketing its services to parents with young children.”
DeSantis also made a rather pointed remark directed at the extreme woke in California, who are largely attributed to being responsible for the calamity unfolding across Florida.
“This state is governed by the interest of the people of the state of Florida,” DeSantis warned, “[The governance of Florida] is not based on the demands of California corporate executives.”