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FL Gov DeSantis signs bill to hold Disney accountable for progressive activism by taking control of Special District

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Breaking Monday, Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill that will allow the state of Florida to take control of Disney World’s special district. “Look at your watch and you’ll know at what time the corporate kingdom finally came to an end,” the governor said at a signing ceremony.

National Review explains that the bill gives the governor the authority to appoint all five governing board members for the Reedy Creek Improvement District. Previously Disney was able to appoint all board members which allowed the company full control over services and development within the special district. The measure is a move by DeSantis to hold Disney liable for its progressive activism.

National Review reports:

Florida’s battle with Disney began when the company publicly denounced the Parental Rights in Education bill, which prohibited the teaching of sexual orientation and gender identity in K-3 public schools. Disney declared that the legislation “should never have passed and should never have been signed into law.” The company went on to suspend political donations in Florida in an act of protest against the legislation.

In April, DeSantis retaliated by signing a bill that stripped Disney of its 50-year-old “independent special district” status, which had granted it the privilege of creating its own regulations, building codes, and other municipal services within the zone. The arrangement had also shielded Disney from significant tax burden.

Under the measure, the autonomous area that accommodates the famous Walt Disney World theme park could have been dissolved, but it also left open the option of maintaining the district with some changes, which is ultimately what the legislature opted to do in advancing the bill that was signed Monday. If the DeSantis administration had chosen dissolution, taxpayers in Orange and Osceola counties would have been forced to pay for the firefighting, police, and road maintenance services that Disney had been paying. They also would have had to cover the Disney tax district’s debt of around $1 billion.

 

 

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Biden’s new Title IX rules: adds ‘Gender Identity’ as protected class

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The Biden administration released a draft proposal Friday which would amend the famous Title IX. The revision “does not specifically mention trans athletes, it does add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected classes” reports National Review. 

Additionally, the proposal included a radical revision that would have “forced federally funded educational institutions to allow men to compete on their women’s sports teams unless they demonstrate it compromises student safety. Under that rule, the burden of proof would have been shifted to schools, which in effect would have to create separate policies for every sport.”

“I never thought I’d see the day where Title IX would be used to harm women, but sadly, that day has come,” Former Trump Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said in a statement to National Review. “The Biden Administration’s radical rewrite of Title IX guts the half century of protections and opportunities for women and callously replaces them with radical gender theory, as Biden’s far-left political base demanded. This regulation is an assault on women and girls.”

National Review explains:

Friday’s announcement does, however, reverse Trump-era sexual assault rules, rolling back some due-process protections for accused students and lowering the standard for finding a student guilty of sexual misconduct.

The rule prohibits “all forms of sex-based harassment, including sexual violence and unwelcome sex-based conduct that creates a hostile environment by limiting or denying a person’s ability to participate in or benefit from a school’s education program or activity.”

With the new rule, investigators involved in campus cases now have the option to hold a hearing of both parties, as was required under the Trump-era policy, or hold individual meetings where a party or witness will be asked questions offered by the other party.

The timeline for the new Title IX release had been delayed multiple times. First expected in May 2023, the release was postponed to October then again to March 2024. The Education Department received over 230,000 comments during the draft period.

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