After nearly getting 2/3rds majority needed in 2013, plan to eliminate judicial retirement age reintroduced in Louisiana

A 2013 plan to eliminate the mandatory retirement age for Louisiana judges that was overwhelmingly approved by the Senate but stumbled in the House has been reintroduced for the 2014 session.

SB 11 of 2014 would remove that portion of the constitution requiring judges retire at age 70 or serve out the term in which they turn 70 if they wish. It passed 33-2 in the Senate last year but needed 2/3rds (70) of the House; it got only 63 votes.

As I noted at the time, there is some precedent for a near-miss on one bill to result in passage of a second. The last change to the judicial retirement age in Louisiana took place in 2003. The first proposal, an increase from 70 to 75 (HB 86) failed to get the 2/3rds in that session’s House (68 to 22), but that failure paved the way for HB 19, a constitutional amendment later approved by voters, that allowed judges to serve out the term in which they turned 70.