Anger over the forced retirement of a beloved Wyoming state supreme court justice is expected to result in that state’s House voting to repeal the state’s mandatory judicial retirement age of 70. The question is whether a repeal, or an increase in the age, will survive in the Senate.
HJR 1 of 2013 would eliminate the retirement age for supreme court justices and district court judges (the state’s main limited jurisdiction court, the circuit court, has no mandatory retirement age). It was approved by the House Judiciary Committee earlier this week.
The Senate’s Majority Floor Leader is reportedly prepared to support a raise to 75 rather than an outright repeal.
This is the third time in four years the issue of judicial retirement has come up for a vote in the Wyoming legislature and each time it has been Senate opposition that has stopped the bill.
In 2012 (HJR 9) and 2010 (HJR 4) met with overwhelming House support: 44-15 in 2012 and 50-7 in 2010. In 2010 the bill got to the Senate floor where it was killed 13-17; in 2012 it was rejected 2-3 in the Senate Judiciary Committee.