Governor DeSantis Signs Legislation Ending the Corporate Kingdom of Walt Disney World
Governor DeSantis signed House Bill (HB) 9-B, Reedy Creek Improvement District, Orange, and Osceola Counties, to end self-governing status and special privileges provided to Walt Disney World through the Reedy Creek Improvement District and establish a new state-controlled district accountable to the people of Florida.
“Allowing a corporation to control its own government is bad policy, especially when the corporation makes decisions that impact an entire region,” said Governor DeSantis. “This legislation ends Disney’s self-governing status, makes Disney live under the same laws as everybody else, and ensures that Disney pays its debts and fair share of taxes.”
HB 9-B ends Disney’s self-governing status and imposes a five-member state control board that is appointed by the Governor and subject to Senate confirmation.
More on HB 9-B can be found here.
Florida Recruits Nearly 1,400 New Law Enforcement Officers from Other States
Last week Governor DeSantis announced that nearly 1,400 bonuses have been issued to newly employed law enforcement recruits in Florida. Through the Florida Law Enforcement Recruitment Bonus Payment Program, 431 people from 45 states and U.S. Territories have relocated to Florida to become law enforcement officers, including more than 155 from New York, California, and Pennsylvania.
The program is part of the strongest, most comprehensive law enforcement support initiative in the nation. Each of the 1,400 law enforcement officers received a $5,000 bonus after taxes, bringing the total to more than $7 million delivered through the program to date.
“In Florida, our number one priority is to protect Floridians and the best way to do that is by supporting the law enforcement officers who keep our communities safe,” said Governor DeSantis. “My administration will continue to deliver on our promises by prioritizing law-and-order policies and making Florida the best state to be a law enforcement officer.”
Florida’s crime rate is at a 50-year low, with total crime dropping 8.3% in 2021 and murder offenses dropping by 14%.
For more information about the Florida Law Enforcement Recruitment Bonus Payment Program, click here.
FLHSMV Launches the “Never Drive Impaired” Campaign
Florida is one of the nation’s most popular destinations for Spring Break vacations for both students and tourists during March and April each year. Unfortunately, March has also historically shown a higher occurrence of DUIs on Florida’s roadways.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) and the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) work tirelessly to educate the dangers of driving impaired and to enforce laws that protect residents and visitors of our state.
Throughout March, FLHSMV and FHP will spearhead an impaired-driving awareness campaign aimed at reducing impaired-driving-related crashes and fatalities across the state.
Around the slogan “Impairment is No Illusion,” the Never Drive Impaired campaign will focus on making conscious choices that encourage safety when behind the wheel.
“As a state built on freedom, Florida welcomes people to visit, travel, and enjoy the best our state has to offer. We are a state that puts public safety and order first, and so there are no excuses when it comes to driving while impaired,” FLHSMV Director Dave Kerner said. “Impaired driving – whether from alcohol or drugs – has real consequences, and the Florida Highway Patrol will look for and punish those caught breaking the law.”
Of the 88,494 impaired-driving crashes – those influenced by drugs, alcohol, or a combination of both – in Florida in 2022, 41% (36,508) occurred in March.
For more information on the types of impairment and the “Never Drive Impaired” campaign, visit here.