McNamara said he hasn't heard of any other state having an official state appetizer and dismissed concerns that the legislation was frivolous. He said he's hopeful his calamari bill will pass, and said it could be just the beginning.

"As any gourmet would recognize, you always start with the appetizer," he said. "Who knows? We might go on to entrees next year."

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