DeSantis To Remove Disney's Special Privileges Amid LGBT Battles

Disney self-governs its large plots of land in Florida, which has allowed it to wield more power and influence.

Why do we talk about Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis so often? He’s been a trailblazer, pushing the boundaries of how Republicans can fight back and use electable positions to help constituents. If it seems like there’s a noteworthy story about him weekly or even daily, it’s because there is.

Disney’s self-government status: In 1986, Disney received self-government status. This means they oversee zoning, developing infrastructure, writing building codes, oversee policing, providing fire protection, and more for their 25,000+ acres of land. They are their government and aren’t beholden to state regulations besides taxes to a certain extent.

DeSantis moves against Disney’s status: In recent months, Disney's CEO has overstepped his position in Florida’s politics. He publicly denounced DeSantis’s popular “Don’t Say Gay/Anti-Grooming” bill and launched efforts against Republicans in the state. In response, DeSantis is expanding a special session this week to discuss Disney’s status.

"What I would say as a matter of principle is I don’t support special privileges in law just because a company is powerful and they’ve been able to wield a lot of power," DeSantis said last month

Disney’s child predation problem: It’s been reported that over the past decade, Disney has had a serious child predator problem and has even gone as far as attempting to cover up crimes. Moves to change the policing arrangement in Disney could put an end to this.

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