Florida Politics reports:
The Legislature approved a bill that allows Gov. Ron DeSantis to appoint Disney World government’s board members. The Senate voted 26-9 Friday on the bill after the House approved it earlier with a vote of 82-31 Thursday.
The bill also renames Reedy Creek Improvement District to the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District. “They’re not in charge of themselves anymore,” House Speaker Paul Renner said of Disney during a Friday press conference before the vote. “As the Governor said, ‘There’s a new sheriff in town.’”
The bill comes after DeSantis feuded with Disney following the company speaking out against the “Parent Rights in Education” law last year. Democrats, the minority in the Legislature, voiced concerns the state’s takeover of Reedy Creek was retribution for Disney taking a stand on a political issue.
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JUST IN: Florida lawmakers approve a bill that gives Gov. DeSantis the ability to appoint a board to run the self-governing region that encompasses Disney’s theme parks outside Orlando. https://t.co/9cGnCAZlWr
— ABC News (@ABC) February 10, 2023
The Florida Senate approved a bill to take over the special tax district that houses Disney World. Gov. DeSantis is expected to sign it into law. https://t.co/ffcs6H8TB1
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) February 10, 2023