Judge retirement fails for third time

For the third time in a week, the Louisiana House rejected efforts to eliminate a mandatory retirement age for judges.

State Rep. Walt Leger III, D-New Orleans, made the bid Thursday to revive Senate Bill 5.

Currently, judges cannot seek re-election after they turn 70.

Leger said Ronald Reagan was in his 70s when he was president.

“We should look for those who have wisdom,” Leger said.

State Rep. Sherman Q. Mack, R-Albany, urged the House to once again reject the proposal, which is a constitutional amendment requiring the approval of 70 House members before going to voters.

The House voted 53-32 in favor of SB5, making the proposal fall short of the needed votes.