DeSantis signs law letting Florida board reject Disney agreements.

DeSantis signs law letting Florida board reject Disney agreements.
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In the latest episode of his spat with Disney, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed legislation on Friday granting the new board he controls the right to void development agreements reached by the previous body.

Along political lines, the Republican-controlled legislature largely supported the measure. The Central Tourism Oversight District board, whose members are appointed by DeSantis, will now have the authority to cancel any contracts inked in the prior three months.

The board was founded in February by the legislature to take over development of the 25,000 acres (10,120 hectares) around Walt Disney World from the Disney-controlled Reedy Creek Improvement District. This effectively moved authority from Disney to DeSantis.

Disney and the Republican governor of central Florida have been at war since last year, when Disney criticized a new state law forbidding school discussion of sexuality and gender identity with younger children.

DeSantis, who is expected to declare his candidacy for President of the United States in the coming weeks, has often slammed “woke Disney” in public statements, calling it as communist.

Before DeSantis’ candidates took control of the board, the company pushed through revisions to the special tax district agreement, restricting the new body’s ability for decades to come.

The new regulatory body said in April that Disney’s projected expansion of Disney World did not comply with state law, thereby nullifying the two sides’ earlier agreement.

On the same day, Disney filed a federal lawsuit against DeSantis, alleging that he used government power to retaliate against Disney for exercising its First Amendment rights.

The Central Florida Tourism Oversight District board filed a countersuit in state court, alleging it intended to reverse “backroom deals” that benefitted Disney. Disney’s stock has risen more than 16% this year, surpassing the 8% increase in the S&P 500 index.

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