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And check out these letters to the editor responding to a New York Times piece on the state's proposed name change, including one from David Carlin, former majority leader in the state Senate:

About the possibility that the state of Rhode Island will drop “Providence Plantations” from its official name, you say: “The change would be largely symbolic, since the state’s formal name is so rarely used. It appears on some state stationery and on many documents, like elevator inspection certificates and marriage licenses.”

You did not add that the state’s formal name (“Rhode Island and Providence Plantations”) also appears — far more significantly — in the United States Constitution, Article 1, Section 2.

This raises the question: Can Rhode Island or any one of the other 13 original states (all of them mentioned in Article 1, Section 2) change its name without an amendment to the United States Constitution?

A bit far-fetched, perhaps. But suggests some of the legal morass that could surround the push.

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