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Disney in Texas? Judge urges firm to move amid DeSantis feud | WDVM25 and DCW50


AUSTIN (KXAN) — A Texas judge wrote the chairman and CEO of Walt Disney recommending the company move from Florida to Texas this week amid a feud between Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Disney.

“As you, your business, your employees and various fans face authoritarian, anti-corporate and culture war attacks from extremists in Florida, we at Fort Bend are more ready to welcome the Disney family with thousands of well-paying jobs and billions of dollars in investments,” Fort Bend County Judge KP George wrote.

DeSantis has signed legislation that will dissolve the Reedy Creek Improvement District, which is a private government controlled by Disney (why does Disney have its own private government in Florida in the first place? You can find the answer here).

It’s a law that many believe is nothing more than retaliation for public criticism of Disney over the Florida-signed bill that critics call the “Don’t Say Gay” law, which prohibits teaching about sexual orientation and gender identity in schools before fourth grade.

the A Texas judge tweeted directly at DeSantis, calling him a “political extremist” and touting the diversity of Fort Bend County. It also followed a series of Disney-themed follow-up posts (memes were used).

“I invite you to visit Fort Bend County and see for yourself why our community is the best place for a new Walt Disney World Resort,” said George.

Meanwhile, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick has announced that he wants to create a Texas version of the “Don’t Say Gay” law that aims to give parents more rights over what their children do. learn at school. Patrick said this bill would be a priority in the 2023 session.