The bill to allow judges to serve until after they turn 75 years old passed the Senate on Tuesday, 44-6. It won House passage in late June. Currently, the state constitution requires judges to retire by the end of the year in which they turn 70.
The House and Senate must also approve the bill in the next two-year session of the state Legislature before it can be considered by voters in a statewide referendum.
Legal challenges to the state constitutional requirement have failed. Judges are elected to 10-year terms on the state appellate courts and county benches.