Spokane Valley lawmaker proposes bill to ban dwarf-tossing

Spokane Valley lawmaker proposes bill to ban dwarf-tossing

A Spokane Valley senator wants the state of Washington ban dwarf-tossing at bars and strip clubs, saying it’s an “activity that demeans and exploits those of a small stature.”

Senator Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, proposed Senate Bill 5486, which bans any “recreational activity involving exploitation that endangers the health, safety and welfare of any person with dwarfism.”

“There’s nothing funny about dwarf-tossing,” Padden said. “Even when participants are willing, it exposes them to the possibility of lifetime spinal injury. Dwarf-tossing is an offense to our sensibilities.”

Padden’s legislation applies to contests and promotions involving adults shorter than four-feet-ten.

A news release sent by Padden’s office said he became interested when someone contacted him about a dwarf-tossing contest at a Spokane Valley strip club last fall. An online search shows an add for “Mighty Mike” and his dwarf toss show at Showgirls October 28, 2018.

A hearing on the bill is scheduled for next week.

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