Bars and strip clubs in Washington state would be barred from holding dwarf-tossing contests under a bill introduced this week. Republican Sen. Mike Padden brought the bill after he was contacted by a medical student who has dwarfism about the potential harm the contests can cause.

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Bars and strip clubs in Washington state would be barred from holding dwarf-tossing contests under a bill introduced this week by a Spokane Valley legislator.

The Spokesman-Review reports the Deja Vu Showgirls strip club in the Spokane Valley and a Seattle club sponsored such events last year.

Republican Sen. Mike Padden brought the bill after he was contacted by a medical student who has dwarfism about the potential harm the contests can cause.

Under the bill, which has bipartisan sponsors, a bar or strip club that allows such a contest could lose its business license and face a $1,000 fine.

Mighty Mike Murga, who was the person tossed at Deja Vu, defended the activity, saying he trains for it like any athlete.

The bill will get a hearing in the Senate Law and Justice Committee Thursday.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com