Another Special Session: Disney, college sports, Ian relief, immigration in mix
Paul Renner and Kathleen Passidomo get showered with praise for their handling of the Special Session.

It marks the second Special Session since the 2022 elections.

Florida lawmakers will meet next week in a Special Session to take on a grab bag of issues important to Gov. Ron DeSantis and legislative leaders.

Bills to permanently remove Walt Disney officials from the Reedy Creek Improvement District that covers its theme parks in Central Florida; set up a voluntary undocumented immigrant removal program; provide more relief for Hurricane Ian victims; adjust rules for the use of college athletes’ name, image and likeness; and give statewide prosecutors clear authority to go after election crimes will be discussed next week.

House Speaker Paul Renner, a Palm Coast Republican, and Senate President Kathleen Passidomo, a Naples Republican, sent memos to their members on Friday telling them of the imminent Special Session, and issued the official joint proclamation for the Session later in the day.

“In coordination with the Governor’s Office and the Florida Senate, we have identified several issues that warrant our attention in advance of the 2023 Regular Session,” Renner stated in his memo. “As such, President Passidomo and I plan to convene the Legislature in Special Session, beginning on Monday, February 6.”

The Legislature passed a bill last year to end Disney’s control of the Reedy Creek Improvement District after then-Disney CEO Bob Chapek spoke out against the Parental Rights in Education law, derided by critics as the “Don’t Say Gay” law, which bans instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity in elementary schools.

The law doesn’t boot Disney, though, until June 30, and leaves open the question of who will take on the district’s outstanding debt. DeSantis has vowed local taxpayers in Orange and Osceola counties wouldn’t have to pay it, but a bill hasn’t been filed to clear up the future of the special district.

Another bill would clarify that statewide prosecutors can prosecute crimes involving elections for federal or statewide office, or petition drives. The state constitution only gives statewide prosecutors jurisdiction over crimes committed in more than one circuit.

A third measure would create the Unauthorized Alien Transport Program within the Division of Emergency Management to remove undocumented migrants from the state on a voluntary basis.

For residents in Passidomo’s district in Southwest Florida and in other parts of the state hit by Hurricane Ian last year still reeling from its effects, lawmakers are looking to provide more funding for bridge loan programs and a state emergency response and preparedness fund.

And another piece of legislation seeks to line up Florida’s name, image and likeness law, which was passed in 2020, with what NCAA regulations formed after the law was passed currently allow.

“We recognize the need to address this issue in a timely manner so our collegiate teams can remain competitive,” Passidomo wrote in her memo.

Gray Rohrer


  • Mac Wiseman

    February 4, 2023 at 9:34 am

    Disney is a bad actor not just in Florida but worldwide. Like a bad child Disney has been told by it’s parent host (Florida) what it needs to do to continue to live under it’s parent’s roof. So far Disney has smugly thumbed it’s nose at it’s benelovent parent. So now the counseling aspect of the parent-child relationship has come to a non-satisfactory end. It’s now time for Florida to deliver corporate punishment in the Legislatuure by lighting the bad actor child’s @55 on fire. Pass the popcorn and sit back to watch just how much disipline the bad actor child requires to straighten up and fly right in order to continue living under the benevolant parent’s roof. This unfortunate situation is well known by anybody who has been a parent.

  • tom palmer

    February 4, 2023 at 10:25 am

    What’s up with the prosecutor bill that requires putting it on the special session agenda? Could it have anything to do with the municipal elections in March?

  • Mac Wiseman

    February 5, 2023 at 8:11 am

    Disney excutives were up all night in an emergency meeting discussing the indisputable truths of my post above. There was much wailing, gnashing of teeth, along with the Disney excutives usual drug, booze, and perverted sex at every excutive meeting. So dont bother them this morning they are all passed out in the fetal position when not hugging the toilet and rubbing more soothing salve on their sore hiney holes. Think about the truthfull picture I just painted in the reader’s mind for a while using nothing but truthful honest and well intentioned words.

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