Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced on April 19th that the upcoming special legislative session will now be expanded to terminate all special taxing districts created before 1968, the year Florida created its new State Constitution. A proclamation was issued by the Governor to expand the Special Session to include terminating the Special Taxing Districts created before 1968.
In addition to congressional reapportionment, this week's special session will include termination of legacy special districts and removal of exemptions from the big tech accountability law. pic.twitter.com/67sF4E113I— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) April 19, 2022
1968 is the year that Florida adopted a new State Constitution. This was done to fix some issues that were present in the 1885 Florida State Constitution.
This expansion of the Special Session is being done in response to the Walt Disney Company’s open opposition to the Parents Rights in Education bill. Disney’s opposition to the legislation came after some LGBTQIA+ Disney employees voiced their upset at the company not taking action against the legislation. There was a Gay, Disney employee who had publicly criticized the Walt Disney Company’s attacks on the Parents Rights in Education bill. Click here to read the employee’s Substack article.
The Parents Rights In Education Bill has been wrongly dubbed by some as the “Don’t Say Gay Bill” when clearly, it has nothing in the bill about not being able to say the word Gay. It literally just stops teachers from being able to talk about sexual orientation and gender identity with children in grades Kindergarten through 3rd Grade. Click here if you would like to read the Parents Rights in Education bill.
There has also been some disturbing leaked video, of company employees talking about covertly pushing essentially a ‘woke’ agenda onto children, including pushing transgenderism. Transgenderism has been a significant topic of controversy across the Country.
Below are some of the leaked videos from journalist Christopher Rufo:
NEW: Disney has adopted a benefits program to assist employees and their minor children with "gender affirmation procedures." This type of treatment typically includes puberty blockers, breast removal, and genital surgeries for "kids who are transitioning." pic.twitter.com/a2zSSboe0S— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) April 7, 2022
NEW: Disney executive producer Latoya Raveneau says she identifies as a "bi-romantic asexual" and that she wants to "use [her] content" at Disney to educate children about "the pockets of the LGBTQ community that you don't see," such as the asexual community. pic.twitter.com/gNJ0CItgqV— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) April 7, 2022
NEW: Disney corporate president Karey Burke, the "mother of two queer children," says the company has been "targeting Gen Z and millennials" with LGBTQIA+ "inclusion" content. Her son told her that "Gen Z is 30-40% queerer" and that Disney "better get with it." pic.twitter.com/CYYD7NqKZg— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) April 7, 2022
NEW: Katie Barnes, a "black, queer, and trans" they/them, told her Disney colleagues that "holding the company accountable means unpacking [her] own pain." This is a textbook example of how identity activists use the rhetoric of "trauma" as a tool for emotional manipulation. pic.twitter.com/xXzcVscCGv— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) April 7, 2022
The video below is a response from Disney’s CEO Bob Chapek:
NEW: Disney CEO Bob Chapek grovels, apologizes, and pledges to "be a better ally for the LGBTQ+ community." He delegated the company's moral authority to the "LGBTQIA+ Advisory Council" and now those internal activists have taken him as an ideological hostage. pic.twitter.com/efOSOmb47a— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) April 7, 2022
Disney’s response to the Parents Rights in Education bill has prompted Governor DeSantis to take action against the Walt Disney Company by proposing revoking the Reedy Creek Special Taxing District. The District consists entirely of Walt Disney World, giving the Walt Disney Company complete governing control over the district. It was created after rigorous lobbying by Walt Disney Company founder Walt Disney in the last few years of his life in the mid-1960s. The Reedy Creek Special Taxing District was enacted in 1967, a few months after Walt Disney's passing in late 1966.
The prior Florida State Constitution did not have a provision to prevent the creation of laws that favor private corporations. The current State Constitution bans such laws from being created.