TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida House of Representatives, on Thursday, gave final passage to a bill that would dissolve Walt Disney World’s private government, handing Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis a victory in his feud with the entertainment giant over its opposition to a measure that critics have dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay “ law.

The move could have huge tax implications for Disney, whose series of theme parks have transformed Orlando into one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, and serves to further sour the relationship between the Republican-led government and a major political player in the state. Disney did not return an email seeking comment, Thursday.

For DeSantis, the attack on Disney is his latest salvo in a culture war waged over policies involving race, gender and the Coronavirus, battles that have made him one of the most popular GOP politicians in the country and a likely 2024 presidential candidate.

The bill passed by the legislature, on Thursday, would eliminate the Reedy Creek Improvement District, as the 55-year-old Disney government is known, as well as a handful of other similar districts by June 2023. The measure does allow for the districts to be reestablished, leaving an avenue to renegotiate its future. The bill now moves to DeSantis’ office to be signed into law.

The voting ended a bitter, three-day special legislative session in which lawmakers were tasked with passing a new congressional map drawn by DeSantis but also took up the Disney bill at the governor’s request.

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Jimzan 2.0

""DeSantis a victory in his feud""' No the morons (Pedo's?) at Disney thought they could side with the Pedophiles (IMHO), and change Florida's politics...If you own Disney Stock I would sell it...I am sure there are a few rich Pedo's (Dorsey, Stoppelman, Zuklbugger, Parag etc IMHO) that will try to pump up Disney stock... Google how Disney does major business with China. Disney is a group of Traitors, that have no morals when it comes to money...Money is Disney's God. Without hurting myself and my family...I avoid POS companies that I think are sell-outs..like Disneyland wanting to teach 5 year old kids about sex in public schools....I avoid Scum Companies (IMHO), but if I had kids that wanted to go there I would take them....again avoid the scum but do not hurt yourself or your family...I also avoid Coke products whenever I can. I see Nike and Apple, as companies I feel gave up integrity, for money (like a dope fiend) when it comes to their Politics, and dealing with China. Again I would SELL any Disney Stock I owned....ASAP. A lot of boycotts are just getting started.

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