- Associated Press - Sunday, June 8, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The calamari bill is getting another vote.

The House Health, Education and Welfare Committee is scheduled to vote Wednesday on Rep. Joseph McNamara’s legislation to make the squid dish Rhode Island’s official appetizer.

Similar legislation passed the House last year but died in the Senate. Sen. Susan Sosnowski has introduced a companion bill that is pending.

The introduction to McNamara’s bill notes that Rhode Island has the largest squid fleet on the East Coast and that the fishing, hospitality and tourism industries are crucial to the state’s economy. The legislation says “squid is to Rhode Island what lobster is to Maine and cod is to Massachusetts.”

Rhode Island calamari consists of fresh squid, lightly fried and served with banana peppers.

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