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Rep. Ritch Workman's 'zeal to repeal' silly Florida laws easier said than done



8019964.jpgState Rep. Ritch Workman has earned national notoriety for his idea to scrap a 22-year-old law that bans dwarf tossing in bars.

"Is this what Republicans mean when they say they want smaller government?" quipped late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel before unveiling a parody slogan for Workman's re-election campaign video: "He believes dwarves can fly. He believes they can touch the sky."

It isn't Workman's first time in the spotlight for unorthodox legislation. A Republican mortgage broker from Melbourne, Workman introduced seven "repealers" during the 2011 session, targeting statutes against unmarried cohabitation and hands-free bicycle riding.

But most of his ideas died, no matter how harmless or arcane.

The dim success rate aside, Workman is reviving his cohabitation bill and introducing new ideas for the 2012 session starting in January. One is aimed at dwarf tossing, yes, but another would decriminalize collecting beer bottles.

Now that he's known for his "zeal to repeal," Workman said people all over write to him of silly Florida laws. They want to get rid of unnecessary regulations, just like Gov. Rick Scott and House Speaker Dean Cannon do.

But history shows it's much easier said than done.

And, as Workman knows, just saying it can be hard enough.

Story here.

[Last modified: Monday, October 17, 2011 9:01am]


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