Rhode Island lawmaker Robert Quattrocchi has been reprimanded by R.I. House Speaker Joseph Shekarchi for asking a colleague if she was a pedophile during a State House hearing last week. Shekarchi has removed Quattrocchi from the House Committee on State Government and Elections, where the exchange took place. Quattrocchi made the comment while questioning a bill proposed by Democratic Representative Rebecca Kislak, which would require lawmakers to attach equity impact statements to every bill introduced in the General Assembly. Quattrocchi has refused to admit any wrongdoing and claims to have apologized multiple times to Kislak. R.I. House Minority Leader Michael Chippendale has criticized Shekarchi’s decision and urged fellow lawmakers to demand Quattrocchi’s removal be reversed.

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