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A federal judge has dismissed a challenge to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ law stripping Disney World of it’s special self-governing privileges in the Sunshine State. U.S. District Court Judge Cecilia Altonaga cited many reasons to dismiss the suit.
According to Fox News, “In the complaint, three residents of Orange and Osceola counties claimed that S.B. 4-C, the law that eliminates Disney’s ability to operate an independent governmental entity around its Orlando-area theme parks, unconstitutionally threatens residents with higher taxes, abridges free speech rights, and violates a contractual obligation, the Orlando Sentinel reported. William Sanchez, a Miami lawyer and Democratic Senate candidate, filed the lawsuit last week.”
Judge Cecilia Altonaga didn’t exactly see it that way.
Michael and Edward Foronda of Kissimmee and Vivian Gorsky of Orange County “do not plausibly allege they have suffered any concrete injury as a result of the alleged violation of Disney’s First Amendment rights, and nothing in the Complaint shows Plaintiffs have a close relationship with Disney,” Altonaga wrote.
The new law “does not apply to them, they do not allege direct harm as a result of the challenged law, and they do not plausibly allege any credible threat of direct harm in the future,” the judge ruled.
The plaintiffs claimed the special district’s elimination “might result in financial harm to Plaintiffs by virtue of a tax increase that has not yet been enacted,” Altonaga wrote. “That indirect and highly speculative alleged injury cannot support federal jurisdiction. … Again — it is worth emphasizing — the bill does not apply to Plaintiffs at all.”
“This is just the beginning of the battle, as we are attempting to achieve justice for Florida taxpayers,” Sanchez wrote in a statement.
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