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      Lawmaker wants calamari named state appetizer

      Rhode Island has a state tree, a state flower, a state bird, a state song, even a state drink.

      Remember when coffee milk beat out Dell's for that distinction 20 years ago?

      But what about an official state appetizer? A lawmaker from Warwick wants to add it to the list. Rep. Joseph McNamara is proposing that calamari be the state appetizer.

      When asked if legislators have better things to do or if this plan is a waste of time, McNamara responded "absolutely not."

      He claims the proposal helps promote local restaurants and the squid fishing industry, which Rhode Island is a leader of. "I think that helps our state image nationally and eventually state income, jobs, and people coming to our state," McNamara told NBC10.

      Rich Fuka, president of the Rhode Island Fishermen's Alliance, is all for it. He said, "To put the fishing industry's number one species on the map by identifying it as the number one appetizer for the state of Rhode Island, think of what that means for people coming to vacation in Rhode Island."

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