Florida Senate Passes Legislation Ending Disney’s Tax Privilege, Self-Governing Power, and Special Exemption Status

Florida Senate Passes Legislation Ending Disney’s Tax Privilege, Self-Governing Power, and Special Exemption Status BY CASSANDRA FAIRBANKS via TimCast

Florida Senate, with a 23-16 vote, has passed legislation ending Disney’s tax privilege, self-governing power, and special exemption status.

Since 1967, Disney has operated its own government around Walt Disney World in Florida.

Republican State Rep. Randy Fine, who introduced the legislation, tweeted on Tuesday, “Disney is a guest in Florida. Today, we remind them.”

“I don’t think there’s another special taxing district in the state that I’m aware of that has the ability to construct their own nuclear power plant. I think that’s something that unique to Disney,” Republican House Speaker Chris Sprowls said on Tuesday.

Under Florida law, Disney can control their own water, power, emergency services — and more.

“I was shocked to see some of the stuff that’s in there. They can do their own nuclear power plant. Is there any other private company in the state that can just build a nuclear power plant on their own?” Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said during a press conference on Tuesday. “They’re able to do certain things that nobody else is able to do. So I think they’re right to be looking at this and reevaluating and having an even playing field for everybody, I think is much better than basically to allow one company to be a law onto itself.”

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