The Miami Herald reports:
Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday he has expanded the special session on redistricting this week to cut to the core of his latest political enemy and announced he wants lawmakers to repeal the law that allows the Walt Disney World Resort to operate as a self-governing body.
“I am announcing today that we are expanding the call of what they are going to be considering this week,’’ DeSantis said at a news conference in The Villages.
“Yes, they will be considering the congressional map, but they also will be considering termination of all special districts that were enacted in Florida prior to 1968 — and that includes the Reedy Creek Improvement District.”
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Of course, he did this in The Villages.
Walt Disney World is 40 square miles in size and straddles two central Florida counties. (Miami is 36 square miles.)
The 1967 Reedy Creek Act grants them their own fire and police departments as well as unique jurisdiction over roads, zoning, waste treatment, and the myriad of other issues normally controlled by local governments.
DeSantis asks Legislature to eliminate Disney World’s self-governing status https://t.co/UGEMzso4or
— Miami Herald (@MiamiHerald) April 19, 2022
BREAKING: Disney is a guest in Florida. Today, we remind them. @GovDeSantis just expanded the Special Session so I could file HB3C which eliminates Reedy Creek Improvement District, a 50 yr-old special statute that makes Disney to exempt from laws faced by regular Floridians.
— Rep. Randy Fine (@VoteRandyFine) April 19, 2022