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Lawmaker Wants to Make Calamari Rhode Island’s Official Appetizer

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(PROVIDENCE, R.I.) -- Having apparently solved all the problems affecting the Ocean State, a lawmaker has moved on to the pressing matter of naming an "official appetizer" for Rhode Island.

Democratic state Representative Joseph McNamara wants calamari, a dish of battered and fried squid, to be recognized as one of Rhode Island's treasures.

In an effort to boost tourism, McNamara believes "As people get a taste of this delicious calamari across the United States, they will come to Rhode Island for the main entree."

There may be something to the lawmaker's reasoning since squid happens to be Rhode Island's top seafood export.

McNamara also pulled out a study from Cornell University that a seafood marketing campaign would be a boon for fishermen in the state.

For the record, Rhode Island's official state drink is milk, the greening apple is the official state fruit and naturally, the official state shell is the quahog.

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