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Lawsuit against DeSantis dismissed for revoking Disney’s self-government

The lawsuit filed last week by Florida taxpayers against GOP Governor Ron DeSantis’ decision to pass legislation revoking Disney’s private government was thrown out by a federal judge, WESH 2 News reported.

The lawsuit accused DeSantis and other state officials of violating taxpayers’ constitutional rights, as well as Disney’s First Amendment rights, by pushing through legislation designed solely to punish the company after its CEO opposed the state’s Parental Rights in Education Act which prohibits instruction. about sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade, which critics say marginalizes LGBTQ+ people.

U.S. District Court Judge Cecilia Altonaga wrote that the suit was dismissed because of the federal court’s lack of jurisdiction over state matters and because the law does not take effect until in July 2023, according to the Sentinel of the Florida Sun.

Litigants feared that because of the law, local taxpayers would now have to pay for a host of services, such as road maintenance and a fire department, that Disney has paid for for the past 55 years, Deadline reported.

But Altonaga, who was appointed by George W. Bush, pointed out that the plaintiffs based their claim to act on the assumption that eliminating the district “could result in financial harm to the plaintiffs because of increased tax which has not yet been promulgated”. indirect and highly speculative alleged harm cannot justify federal jurisdiction. … Again – it should be emphasized – the bill does not apply to plaintiffs at all,” Fox Business reported.

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Teresa R. Cabrera

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