Florida GOP leaders are attempting to remove Disney’s quasi-governmental privileges at its Orlando theme park. The issue stems from the “don’t say gay” bill recently signed into law by Governor Desantis.
According to Florida Rep. Spencer Roach, meetings were convened to discuss a repeal of the Reedy Creek Improvement District agreement that allows Disney to “act as its own government.”
Initially made in 1967, the arrangement was made to attract Disney to Florida and gives the company near complete control over operations like law enforcement and fire units.
The new “Don’t Say Gay” legislation, which bans instruction related to sexual orientation or gender identity in kindergarten through third grade, has drawn criticism as being hostile to the LGBTQ community.
Backers assert that it seeks to shield young children from “inappropriate” subject matter.
The theme park owners had voiced their opinion that the legislation is discriminatory.
“Our goal as a company is for this law to be repealed by the legislature or struck down in the courts,” the company said in a statement.
In response, Republican lawmaker Joe Harding has announced he is returning $3,000 dollars in campaign contributions from Disney over their position.
We will keep you updated as this battle continues.