Florida Bill to End Disney’s Special Tax District Heads to Gov. DeSantis for Signature

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Florida Bill to End Disney’s Special Tax District Heads to Gov. DeSantis for Signature

In a setback for company’s Florida operations, GOP-led House passed the bill 70-38 on Thursday

Walt Disney World in Florida.The special district exempts Disney from numerous regulations and certain taxes and fees.PHOTO: SCOTT AUDETTE/REUTERSBy Arian Campo-FloresFollow and Robbie WhelanFollowUpdated Apr. 21, 2022 2:28 pm ETPRINTTEXT353Listen to articleLength(2 minutes)

Florida lawmakers gave final approval to a bill that would end a special tax district that allows Walt Disney Co. DIS -2.14% ▼ to govern the land housing its theme parks, sending the measure to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has made clear he would sign it.

The GOP-led House passed the bill 70-38 on Thursday, a day after the Senate approved it 23-16. Mr. DeSantis called for lawmakers to take up the measure in a special session he convened this week, after sparring with Disney over the company’s opposition to legislation restricting classroom instruction on gender and sexuality.

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