North Carolina Senator Introduces ‘Mickey’s Freedom Restoration Act’ Aiming to Bring Disney to the State

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North Carolina Senator Introduces ‘Mickey’s Freedom Restoration Act’ Aiming to Bring Disney to the State

North Carolina Senator Michael Garrett has introduced Senate Bill 594, called the“Mickey’s Freedom Restoration Act,” which is aimed at bringing Disney and other Amusement Parks to the State.

The bill named Mickey’s Freedom Restoration Act states:

Whereas, some state governments have recently begun to prioritize “culture war” politics over economic development; and Whereas, North Carolina has proven to be a stable and vibrant environment for businesses, both large and small, to flourish; and Whereas, the state government of North Carolina and its elected leaders from both political parties have prioritized economic development for the benefit of its citizens; and Whereas, North Carolina seeks to further strengthen its tourism and entertainment industries by welcoming businesses considering relocation; and Whereas, Bob Iger, the chief executive officer of the Walt Disney Company, called actions taken by the state government of Florida “anti-business,” on April 3, 2023[.]

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The bill establishes the 11-member North Carolina Family Amusement Park Study Commission, with the purpose “to develop strategies that encourage family amusement parks (family parks) to locate in tier one counties” by the following strategies:

  1. Studying and consulting major family parks outside of the State to determine (i) the amount of interest among family parks to expand into the State, (ii) the priorities of family parks when considering an expansion into a new state, and (iii) any other information relevant to developing a plan that recruits family parks and encourages them to expand into the State.
  2. Coordinating with relevant State and local governments and agencies, including the Department of Commerce, the Department of Transportation, and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, to develop strategic economic incentive plans designed to encourage family parks to expand or relocate into the State.

The Mickey’s Freedom Restoration Act Bill pokes fun at the rift between the chief executive officer of the Walt Disney Company Bob Iger and Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis while offering Disney and any other Theme Park the chance to relocate to North Carolina.


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