Pa. lawmakers move toward delay of judicial retirement age vote

The Associated Press

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania state lawmakers are advancing a resolution to delay until November a public vote on whether to let judges continue to serve for five additional years, until they turn 75.


The House Judiciary Committee voted Tuesday 16 to 11 for a resolution to postpone the ballot question on a constitutional amendment from the April 26 primary until the Nov. 8 general election.

The Pennsylvania Constitution currently requires the state’s roughly 1,000 judges, district judges and justices to retire by the end of the year they turn 70.

Opponents say the change will waste money used to advertise the measure and print primary ballots.

The legislation is moving about two weeks after the state Supreme Court declined a request by Senate Republican leaders to alter wording they consider unnecessary and confusing.