RI General Assembly May Soon Make The Harbor Seal The Official State Marine Mammal

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An act designating the harbor seal as the official state marine mammal was introduced to the RI General Assembly on January 13th, 2016.

House Bill, 2016–H7111, was introduced by Representatives Azzinaro (District 37 – Westerly), Kennedy (District 38 – Hopkinton & Westerly), McNamara (District 19 – Warwick & Cranston) and Corvese (District 55 – North Providence).

The bill states the following;

“It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:

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SECTION 1. Chapter 42-4 of the General Laws entitled “State Emblems” is hereby

amended by adding thereto the following section:

42-4-21. State marine mammal. — The harbor seal is hereby designated as the official state marine mammal.

SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.”

The act has been referred to the House Environment and Natural Resources committee.

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