Florida Legislator Seeks To Legalize Dwarf-Tossing

Florida may be facing rising unemployment, funding cuts of major social programs, and environmental threats, but Rep. Ritch Workman (R-Melbourne) has stepped forward to tackle an issue that few have even acknowledged, let alone addressed, in the halls of power: dwarf-tossing. Workman is seeking to lift the ban on dwarf-tossing and to return Florida to a competitive position in the sport.

The Legislature banned the practice in 1989 after a safety measure. Notably, the law to be repealed actually protects little people from being abused — not specifically a ban on dwarf tossing. Florida Statute 561.665, which prohibits anyone who sells alcohol on premises from permitting any recreational activity “involving exploitation endangering the health, safety, and welfare of any person with dwarfism.”

Workman insists “it’s an archaic kind of Big Brother law that says, ‘We don’t like that activity.'” Workman notes “there is nothing immoral or illegal about that activity. All we really did by passing that law was take away some employment from some little people.”

One would think that the Little People of America may beg to differ on the notion that the ban denied dwarfs a vital source of employment. Yet, the organization took a remarkably understated position — telling reporters that they would need to study the issue more.

The repeal of a law protecting barring “exploitation endangering the health, safety, and welfare of any person with dwarfism” would seem to open up a wide range of potential abuse. Before the ban, a dwarf was put into a harness, spun around, and thrown onto mattresses — usually at a bar. At the time, advocates denounced the activity of physically harmful and abusive.

Yet, Gary Arnold, president of Little People of America, is quoted as saying he didn’t know whether the group would have time to research and comment on HB 4063. Really? What are the other pressing issues facing the Little People of America. I would think dwarf-tossing would be relatively high on the agenda for action. I realize that the pension fund and insurance coverage can be important for the membership, but this would appear rather significant in terms of the stereotypes and abuse of the membership. Arnold did, however, state that they oppose the legislation.

I doubt even the most libertarian little person would view this repeal as justified in the name of fighting paternalistic legislation. They might want to move it toward the top of the group’s to-do list.

Source: Florida Current

27 thoughts on “Florida Legislator Seeks To Legalize Dwarf-Tossing”

  1. lottakatz, the exact same conclusions would result if the legislator was a democrat.

    And yes, such laws banning dwarf tossing are an insult to dwarfs and are a great example of government being too damn big.

    If we take the “for their own good” argument, we’d have to ban anyone from becoming a football player and a list too large to post of jobs that would be more dangerous than dwarf tossing. Morality – or rather the morality of a handful shouldn’t have a bearing

  2. I like your idea best Pete. I know of a few pols that need a good tossing! Let’s start with this Bozo in Florida!

  3. lottakatz1, October 7, 2011 at 6:48 pm
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    hahahaha!….OMG…..that is probably right….

  4. “Workman insists “it’s an archaic kind of Big Brother law that says, ‘We don’t like that activity.’” Workman notes “there is nothing immoral or illegal about that activity. All we really did by passing that law was take away some employment from some little people.””

    If that’s his criterion there are a whole host of laws that do more damage than dwarf-tossing prohibitions. He needs to work on those first in the interest of time-management IMO.

    Knowing only: Republican legislator, Florida, dwarfs, obviously:

    A. He has a friend or donor that has a saloon that wants to hold dwarf-tossing events.

    B. He’s got a really eccentric sexual fetish and a tossing-pit set up in his basement.

    C. Both A & B.

    🙂

  5. Is there a “dwarf-tossing” lobby contributing to this guy’s campaign funds?

  6. Rich1, October 7, 2011 at 9:29 am

    And people wonder why I’ve never been all that interested in spending time in Florida.
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    Florida is the new New Hampshire.

  7. Bron1, October 7, 2011 at 8:50 am

    isnt it up to the person being tossed to determine if he/she wishes to be tossed or not? People shoot themselves out of cannons. Let’s pass a law to outlaw that.
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    please.

    there is no need for more laws.

    we don’t enforce the current laws.

    Which are the cloak, cover and foundation of civil rights and liberties.
    The problem is the trouser dwarves that are so impressed with Gollums that the people of all sizes, sex, classes, colors, and situations are being crushed by ….oh yeah, the trouser dwarves…..

  8. well, at least SOMEONE is addressing the problem of Dwarves…..
    (and i don’t think that is a real name…Rich Workman…?!!!!!rukidding????!)

  9. And people wonder why I’ve never been all that interested in spending time in Florida.

  10. Unless dwarves are being kidnapped off the street and subject to dwarf-tossing against their will, there is no crime and therefore no state interest in the matter.

  11. isnt it up to the person being tossed to determine if he/she wishes to be tossed or not? People shoot themselves out of cannons. Let’s pass a law to outlaw that.

    What is the problem if the person wants to be tossed? I assume little people are able to decide for themselves and take informed decisions. Why do we need additional laws to protect little people? Arent they covered under the Constitution? Are they somehow different under the law? How about a law preventing tall people from being asked if they play basketball or how is the weather up there?

    People are people and some people do stupid things but it is their life and if they want to get tossed why not? They arent hurting anyone except themselves and that is debatable.

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