A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ legislation stripping Disney of special tax privileges.
DeSantis signed Senate Bill 4C into law in late April to revoke special tax districts granted to Disney by the 1967 Reedy Creek Improvement Act, which gave the major entertainment company the same authority and responsibility as a county government. The governor took action following Disney’s uproar over the state’s Parental Rights in Education bill that restricts the teaching of sexual orientation and gender identity in K-3 classrooms.
In the suit, three residents of Orange and Osceola counties — Michael and Edward Foronda and Vivian Gorsky — argued the law threatens residents with higher taxes, violates a contractual obligation and violates free speech rights, Fox Business reported. Democratic Senate candidate William Sanchez filed the suit last week. Read more…