Tallahassee, FL -- October 10, 2011 --
A ban on dwarf tossing at Florida bars has been on the books for over twenty years. Now one state representative is trying to repeal that measure.
It's been fodder for late night comedians. But at least one former Florida state senator isn't laughing.
"I know the job market is tough, but this really humiliates people of a smaller population," says Al Lawson
Former State Senator Al Lawson first lobbied for the ban on dwarf tossing at Florida bars back in 1989. Now, newly proposed legislation threatens to repeal that measure.
"You know you have to take an issue like this seriously. It's one that I would lobby against," Lawson says.
Dwarf tossing is the act of throwing a little person as part of a contest. Lawson says this led to a lot of injuries and insurance issues--not to mention humiliation, which resulted in the ban.
"You just don't want to take advantage of little people. And that's what Workman is trying to do and calling it a jobs bill," says Lawson.
State Representative Ritch Workman, who is proposing the repeal, says while he finds the act of dwarf tossing disgusting, he believes the government should not get involved in people's personal life. But Lawson disagrees.
"The government has always been involved in people's personal life. But this one was to protect people," says Lawson.
Workman says the next step would be to find a sponsor in the senate so the the bill can go to both chambers.
WCTV reached out to Short Dwarf.com, an organization for little people in the entertainment and event industry, who released this statement: "Yes, there is danger and potential harm from this, but if the midget or tossee takes sufficient measures to protect himself and his boys,why should he not be allowed gainful employment?"