Disney World has filed an amendment to its federal lawsuit against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District Board of Supervisors, and others to include a recently signed bill that would nullify the Development Agreement that is in place between Disney World and the District.
The amended lawsuit was filed today with information about the bill that DeSantis signed last Friday.
In the amended lawsuit, Disney says that “Governor DeSantis and his allies have no apparent intent to moderate their retaliatory campaign anytime soon”. Disney World is asking the court to declare both the newly signed Senate Bill 1604 and the former Legislative Declaration unlawful and unenforceable under the Contracts Clause of the U.S. Constitution. (Updated to clarify cause of action)
In a recap of the events that have led to this point, Disney is able to point to DeSantis’ own words, saying that “without hesitation or prompt, Governor DeSantis admitted: ‘[t]his all started, of course, with our parents’ rights bill'”. Disney found this quote to be so noteworthy that they placed it at the top of the amended lawsuit. They then outlined what they call “a targeted campaign of government retaliation – orchestrated at every step by Governor DeSantis as punishment for Disney’s protected speech”.
The amended lawsuit also takes issue with the proposed legislation that would require State oversight of Disney World’s monorail system inspections. The lawsuit alleges that the monorail bill “was precision-engineered to target Disney alone, just as Governor DeSantis intended”.
Disney also references an interview that BlogMickey.com reported on where DeSantis admits that the “most important” thing is that Disney has not spoken out about new and expanding legislation since the retaliation against Disney’s first public statement had begun in Spring 2022.
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