Dwarf Tossing Bill Filed to Repeal Florida's Job-Killing Ban on Flying Little People

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That's what job creation looks like.
Since 1989, Florida's dwarfs looking for work as human shot puts for bar-goers have been out of a job due to a ban by the state legislature.

Rep. Ritch Workman, a Melbourne Republican, wants to repeal that freedom- and job-killing law.

House Bill 4063 was submitted by Workman on Monday, and would repeal Florida Statute 561.665, which essentially bans bar games that use people with dwarfism as sporting goods.

Since October 1, 1989, it's been illegal for any business in Florida that sells alcohol "from undertaking or permitting any contest or promotion or other form of recreational activity involving exploitation endangering the health, safety, and welfare of any person with dwarfism."

For the purposes of this section, the term "dwarfism" means a disproportionate or proportionate short stature most often caused by a genetic syndrome. The division may suspend or revoke the license of and may impose a civil penalty not to exceed $1,000 against any person in violation of any rule promulgated pursuant to the provisions of this section, as authorized and according to the procedures set forth in s. 561.29.

That "recreational activity" it's referring to is the game of dwarf tossing, which you can see illustrated below:



Think it's a non-issue? Think again.

In 2001, a 3-foot-2 radio host known as "Dave the Dwarf" filed a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn Florida's ban on the "activity," saying he wanted the same opportunity for employment as everyone else. Dave likened dwarf tossing to basketball, in which height is an asset in the profession.

Last month, when Gov. Rick Scott announced that he wanted to repeal more than 1,000 state rules created by various agencies in the state. Sure enough, he wants to repeal two of the rules from the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco related to dwarf tossing.

There are also multiple scientific studies on dwarf tossing, including this one, which examines the bioethics of hurling little people.

Workman told the Current that the only thing the ban on dwarf tossing did was take away employment opportunities for people with dwarfism.

His bill has yet to be assigned to committee, but you can read the brief text of it here.


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marybluesky
marybluesky

Unless that Republican who wants to repeal this law is also sponsoring a repeal of all laws against prostitution and drug abuse, he is a hypocrite. Dwarf-tossing isn't victimless; it perpetuates stereotypes of dwarfs as curiosities and freaks. If you don't believe those attitudes still exist, please ask someone who hasn't been offered a job they are qualified for because the interviewer just can't see past their lack of height. If you still don't see why publicizing and running a dwarf-tossing event is illegal, then ask yourself if it should be acceptable to have a "African-American Watermelon Eating Contest" or other stereotype-based events. If bars want to host a people-tossing contest and a dwarf enters: that's fine. It's the perpetuation of the attitude that making fun of a disability is ok that hurts not only dwarfs, but all of society.And, for those of you who do not know, a relatively high percentage of dwarfs are at risk of serious injury or death from neck injury.

Furlock
Furlock

After goofball Rick Scott transforms the state workforce into midgets, they then with the help of mighty Workman, have a private profession to turn to. Wow, such an amazing strategy of job creation. Goofball will be proud of himself and add to the count. Come to think of it, this is the first idea yet put forth to the public that they say they are actually doing something about unemployment. What a scam Florida! Wake up! From: A Republican happily turned Independent. Like Reagan spinning in his grave! 

FQS9000
FQS9000

It wasn't the Republicans, but the nanny Democraps, busily protecting adult, sane dwarfs from earning a living from doing something the sniveling, we know what's best for you peasants, Democraps deem to be humiliating.

Blame the murderous commies, not the greedy capitalists

Brad
Brad

I say let em fly! Paint 20 foot lines they have to fly over in the air. Maximum three revolutions for the sender so he doesn't get too woozy and throw them thru a wall or window. Helmets are mandatory and can have either the team name or the name of who their mother is this week on the front. Winners go to national flyoff in Vegas hosted by Danny DeVito and Tom (all my family were aliens) cruise. Two major winners first for longest flight and second for most cumulative air time before getting to Vegas. And as they say in NASCAR, gentlement start your dwarfs!!

FQS9000
FQS9000

Let the 'lil weasels fly!  Power to the people and damn the nannies.

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

No tossing of drawfs? Those fun-hating Republicans.  What other things what we toss will they outlaw?

Charlesmustafa
Charlesmustafa

No, you got it backwards. It is currently illegal and has been since 1989. Ritch Workman wants to repeal that law. Make it legal again.

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