The GOP is at it again with anti-Disney antics, but it’s not necessarily Florida Governor Ron DeSantis behind it this time. According to LA Times, a new House Bill with six GOP co-sponsors aims to remove a protective measure over Disney’s property.
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Introduced by Rep. Troy Nehls, House Resolution 8042 would remove the no-fly zone that has sheltered Walt Disney World Parks since 2003. Established in the wake of September 11, 2001, the Federal Aviation Administration notices preventing airmen from flying over the highly-populated theme parks intended to prevent the tourist hot spot from becoming a terrorist target.
Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Taylor-Greene are behind the push to launch the legislation, which would force Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to lift air travel restrictions over Walt Disney World’s theme parks.
Nehls has led the charge, stating “blatant favoritism towards the Walt Disney Company” as a reason to remove the no-fly zone. The initiative from Nehls was ignited after The Walt Disney Company stood its ground against DeSantis’ “Parental Rights In Education” Bill, and Boebert and Taylor-Greene were quick to jump on the bandwagon.
On Nehl’s website, Boebert shared her take on the no-fly zone saga:
Woke corporations shouldn’t get any favors from the government. The FAA has no business granting a no-fly-zone over Disney parks. Universal Studios, Hershey Park, Six Flags, and other theme parks don’t have no-fly-zones over them, and it’s time for Disney to get the same treatment. No corporation should get preferential treatment from the government—especially when it is grooming children. Go woke, go broke.
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Aubrey Jewett, a political science professor at the University of Central Florida, added his perspective on the GOP bill in the LA Times article. From Jewett’s vantage point, this push from the GOP seems less about national security measures and more geared toward “doing something tangible to go after Disney.”
With a Democrat-dominated House, it’s unlikely this legislation will get off the ground, but we’ll share more details about this developing story as news surfaces.