Justices again rule to put judicial retirement age on ballot


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A proposed constitutional amendment to let judges serve five more years before mandatory retirement appears headed for a statewide vote in November after another divided ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

The justices voted 4-2 Friday against a request by two retired justices and an attorney who argued the court’s 3-3 tie on Sept. 2 should have sent the matter to a lower court for more proceedings.

The new ruling clears the way for voters to decide if the retirement age should increase from 70 to 75.

Justices Debra Todd and David Wecht say they’d have Commonwealth Court make a “prompt and definitive resolution … of this critically important constitutional question.”

Voters narrowly defeated the proposed amendment in April, but lawmakers had already invalidated that vote.

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