Signed by Ron De Santis, the project gives the council the power to annul agreements signed up to 3 months before the creation of the body
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law on Friday (May 5, 2023) a bill that gives a new government council the power to void development deals previously signed with Disney. The information is from the Reuters agency.
According to the proposal, the District Council for Central Tourism Supervision, whose members are appointed by DeSantis, can cancel agreements signed up to 3 months before the creation of the group.
“This was basically caused by Disney’s arrogance that they would be able to subcontract around laws duly enacted by the State of Florida. This is wrong”said DeSantis. According to the publication, Disney did not comment on the matter.
The Legislature formed the council in February to replace the Disney-controlled Reedy Creek Improvement District. With that, he took control of the company and handed it over to DeSantis.
A Disney filed a lawsuit against DeSantis on April 26. The company accuses the Republican and other state officials of “a relentless campaign of government retaliation” after the then CEO of the company, Bob Chapek, spoke out against the proposal that prohibits the teaching of sex education and gender identity in schools in the US state.
Brought in the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida, the suit names the board members appointed by DeSantis to oversee government services at Disney World.
The governor on February 27 signed into law a law ending Disney’s self-government on the grounds of the Walt Disney World amusement park in Orlando.
The new legislation requires the Florida government to resume administrative and fiscal management of the territory where the park is located. Supervision of the sites will be carried out by 5 names appointed by the State Executive who, first, need to be approved by the Florida Senate.