Thursday, February 7, 2013

PA lawmakers seek to undo mandatory retirement for judges

Two Pennsylvania lawmakers have introduced separate bills in the state Legislature that would either eliminate the mandatory retirement for judges in the year in which they turn 70, or raise the mandatory retirement age to 75, reported the Legal Intelligencer.

Each bill would amend the state constitution and have to be approved by the Legislature in two separate sessions. Before either measure could become a part of the state constitution, it would have to be adopted by Pennsylvania voters.

State Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, R-Montgomery, is the prime sponsor of the Senate legislation. His bill would eliminate mandatory retirement altogether.

State Rep. Kate Harper, R-Montgomery, is the prime sponsor of legislation in the House of Representatives. Her bill would raise the retirement age to 75.

According to Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, four Supreme Court justices will reach the mandatory retirement age within the next five years, reported the Intelligencer.

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