Florida Senator Linda Stewart (D) has filed her bill to restore Walt Disney World’s Reedy Creek Improvement District (RCID) in the Florida Senate.
Bill to Restore Reedy Creek
The bill SB 1650. Here is the description:
Central Florida Tourism Oversight District, Orange and Osceola Counties; Repealing provisions which established the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District; reviving, reenacting, and readopting chapter 67-764, Laws of Florida, and the decree in chancery No. 66-1061 entered by the Circuit Court in and for the Ninth Judicial Circuit of the State of Florida on May 13, 1966, relating to the Reedy Creek Improvement District, etc.
The entire bill can be read on the Florida Senate website.
An Orange County delegation advanced the bill earlier this month. The delegation originally had a meeting in November to discuss the bill and other agenda items but they could not meet a quorum to advance the bill because four lawmakers were not in attendance and three Republicans walked out.
Stewart has said that the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District (CFTOD) Board, which took over Reedy Creek Improvement District, is “not working.” She’s pointed to the reports of the District being a “toxic” workplace and dozens of employees quitting, including some who had worked for RCID for several years.
Stewart also called the legislation to create the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District rushed. It was created and passed in less than a year.
“You never rush legislation because this is what you run into,” Stewart said. “We need to go back to square one and see what we can do.” (via Florida Politics)
It’s unlikely that Stewart’s bill will advance through the Florida Senate and the House of Representatives as Republicans are the majority in both. Florida House of Representatives Speaker Paul Renner said that he won’t consider changes to the District.
I think we’ve gone on the right path at least, I don’t want to go back.Florida House Speaker Paul Renner
Stewart knows the bill might not get passed but wants to get people talking. She’s “looking at every avenue possible” to overturn the law that created the CFTOD.
We are going to try to get people to vote and see how many people still believe in how they voted the first time.Florida Senator Linda Stewart