Court considers status of judge retirement age ballot issue

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 9, 2016 2:37 PM

(Harrisburg) -- A state court panel is considering whether the General Assembly acted properly this spring when it invalidated a constitutional amendment on the primary ballot that would let Pennsylvania judges remain on the bench five more years before mandatory retirement.

The case brought by three Democratic state senators was debated Thursday in Commonwealth Court, where three judges have to determine what to do about a reworded version that's now scheduled to be voted in November.

The plaintiffs say the General Assembly acted illegally when it passed a resolution shortly before the April 26 primary that effectively invalidated more than 2 million votes.

Lawmakers ordered the question to be rewritten to say the new mandatory retirement age would be 75, without explaining that the existing age limit is 70.

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