Florida state lawmakers are meeting again Friday morning to discuss Senator Linda Stewart’s proposed bill to restore Disney’s Reedy Creek Improvement District (RCID), WFTV 9 reports. The bill would effectively reverse Governor Ron DeSantis’ takeover of the District.
The lawmakers last held a legislative delegation in Orange County in November, but three Republicans and one Democrat did not show up to the meeting, and three Republicans walked out. The walk-outs claimed Senator Stewart’s bill was not why they left but that they were upset about a rule requiring the delegation’s leadership to have at least 50 percent of their district in Orange County.
During the November meeting, the Democrats who remained voted 7-0 to advance the bill. The delegation discovered, however, that with so many members missing, they didn’t have a quorum and the vote was invalid.
Friday’s 9:00 a.m. delegation meeting comes the week before the legislative session begins in Tallahassee.
Senator Stewart told WESH 2 earlier this year that she’s “fired up” by the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District (CFTOD).
“There’s no transparency,” she said about the CFTOD Board of Supervisors, only one of whom lives in the Orlando area. “They don’t live here.”
“The employees, the morale of the employees, they just love what’s going on — they do not!” she continued. “The fact that they can just do anything they want to do and be supported by the governor is wrong.”
Regarding her bill, Stewart said, “You can’t stand up and complain all the time and not do anything.”
When asked how confident she was that the bill would get passed, on a scale of one to 10, she said five. “I’m in the middle.” She hopes introducing the bill will get people talking and thinking.