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Judicial ballot question may be headed for court fight

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 14, 2016 12:20 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- A court fight is expected over whether Pennsylvania's primary voters can choose to raise the mandatory retirement age for more than 1,000 state judges.

The Pennsylvania Department of State told counties Thursday that it has been advised that a lawsuit is imminent. As a result, the department told counties to keep it on the ballot for now, instead of removing it.

Lawmakers last year authorized a primary ballot question on whether to change the Pennsylvania Constitution to raise the mandatory retirement age for judges from 70 to 75.

In recent days, state lawmakers approved a Republican-sponsored resolution ordering its postponement until the November general election.

Democratic Sen. Daylin Leach says a resolution carries no such authority and Senate Democrats will sue to keep the question on the primary ballot.

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