Florida legislators handed a invoice on Thursday that might revoke Walt Disney Co’s particular tax standing in a transfer extensively seen as tit-for-tat for the corporate’s opposition to a brand new “don’t say homosexual” state regulation limiting dialogue of LGBTQ+ points in faculties.

The invoice now heads to the desk of Governor Ron DeSantis, who’s all however assured to signal it.

The Republican-led state home in Florida voted 70-38 to eliminate a particular tax district created by a 1967 regulation that enables Disney to self-govern the roughly 25,000-acre Orlando space the place its Walt Disney World theme park advanced is positioned. The state Senate handed the measure on Wednesday.

DeSantis, in a shock transfer, had requested lawmakers to contemplate the laws throughout a particular session he referred to as this week. He didn’t instantly touch upon the invoice’s passage on Thursday.

“If Disney needs to choose a struggle, they selected the flawed man,” DeSantis wrote in an electronic mail to supporters on Wednesday, including, “I can’t permit a woke company based mostly in California to run our state.”

The regulation would remove a handful of particular tax districts together with the Reedy Creek Enchancment District that covers about 25,000 acres in Orange and Osceola counties.

That construction makes Disney, one of many state’s largest non-public employers, and different landowners answerable for offering providers equivalent to firefighting, energy, water and roads. They in flip get reduction from taxes and costs.

The change would go into impact in June 2023.

In a press release to CNN, the Democratic state consultant Fentrice Driskell stated, “It’s going to price the federal government in Orange county and Osceola counties and due to this fact the taxpayers billions of {dollars}, I’m speaking a further tax burden that’s estimated $2,200 to $2,800 per household.”

Disney got here below fireplace final month by many within the LGBTQ+ neighborhood, together with some Disney workers, for initially failing to take a public stand towards the “don’t say homosexual” measure, then condemned the laws and stated it will pause all its political donations in Florida.

That set off a storm of condemnation towards the corporate by many Republicans.

DeSantis, a Republican who’s a possible candidate for his occasion’s 2024 presidential nomination, needs to strike again at Disney for its opposition to a regulation that bans classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identification for college students in kindergarten by way of third grade.

The governor signed the laws, dubbed the “don’t say homosexual” invoice by opponents, final month.

The regulation, which is to take impact on 1 July, additionally prohibits such instructing that “is just not age applicable or developmentally applicable” for older college students. It’s being challenged in courtroom.