Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis connected Monday signed a measure into rule that ends Disney’s self-governing powerfulness and puts nan media elephantine nether nan power of a authorities board.
"Since nan 1960s, they’ve enjoyed privileges dissimilar immoderate institution aliases individual successful nan state of Florida has ever enjoyed," DeSantis said astatine a news convention held astatine a firehouse minutes distant from Disney World. "They had exemptions from laws that everyone other had to follow. They were capable to get immense amounts of benefits without paying their adjacent stock of taxes."
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Before signing nan legislation, DeSantis told attendees to cheque their watches truthful they cognize "what clip nan firm kingdom came to an end."
Fireworks spell disconnected astir Cinderella's castle during nan expansive opening ceremonial for Walt Disney World's Fantasyland successful Lake Buena Vista, Florida December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Scott Audette/File Photo (REUTERS/Scott Audette/File Photo)
"How do you springiness 1 taxable parkland its ain authorities and past dainty each of nan different taxable parks differently?" he asked. "So we judge that that was not bully policy. We judge that being joined astatine nan hep pinch this 1 California-based institution was not thing that was justifiable aliases sustainable."
He added that Disney will beryllium treated for illustration SeaWorld and different taxable parks successful nan state.
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The bill, HB9, renames nan Randy Creek Improvement district, wherever Disney World is housed, to nan Central Florida Tourism Oversight District that whitethorn only person term-limited members who are not caller labor aliases person been contracted by Disney successful nan past 3 years.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks arsenic he announces a connection for Digital Bill of Rights, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023, astatine Palm Beach Atlantic University successful West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
"My signature will besides extremity Disney’s exemption from Florida building codification and Florida occurrence prevention code. It will extremity Disney’s exemption from authorities regulatory reviews and approval," DeSantis said of nan bill.
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DeSantis announced nan 5 names of nan caller committee members that will person their first gathering adjacent week. He added that 1 of nan first items connected nan schedule for them will beryllium reviewing nan compensation for nan first responders successful nan area.
"We person group that want to spot Disney beryllium what Walt envisioned," DeSantis said.
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Following nan signing, DeSantis was presented pinch an ax from nan firefighters astatine nan position hosting nan conference.