The person with dwarfism is equipped with a harness around his torso and is spun around and eventually thrown by another person onto mattresses placed on the ground. The person who throws the little person for the greatest distance wins the contest, according a 2001 statement by Little People of America.The activity is exceedingly dangerous, according to the group. Because of orthopedic and neurological complications associated with most forms of dwarfism, the person being tossed is at high risk of back and neck injury."Aside from the physical dangers, dwarf-tossing is a demoralizing activity that treats the person with dwarfism as a mere object," a group representative said in 2001.
It's unclear whether the legislator realized that October was Dwarfism Awareness Month when he introduced the bill, but its text is pure Workman. Chopping government regulations is kind of his thing; the St. Pete Times has described him as possessing "a zeal for repeal." However, it may be that he's just got the pleasure-seeking heart of a frat boy: In addition to opening the dwarf-tossing floodgates, he's crafted legislation to loosen restrictions on minors getting tattoos and restaurant patrons getting snoggered, and he's fought for Floridians' right to not control or report "dangerous fires." And though he identifies as Christian and conservative, the legislator's got no problem sponsoring a bill that would absolve unmarried adults for "lewdly and lasciviously" living together. Live and let live, as Workman might say.Well, not entirely: He's also co-sponsored restrictions on abortion, and he advocates an Arizona-style law to roll back immigration. "Our legislators cannot allow political correctness and misinformation to obstruct Florida's right to do the job the federal government refuses to do," Workman has said. Translation: Workman will make sure unborn dwarves grow up with the option of being hurled by drunks to pay the rent...assuming, of course, the dwarves are born in America.