Senate endorses end to judicial age limit

A proposed constitutional amendment that would scrap the mandatory age 70 retirement for Louisiana judges sailed through the Senate on Tuesday.

Senate Bill 11, sponsored by state Sen. Eric Lafleur, D-Ville Platte, received a 34-0 vote far more than the two-thirds majority needed in the 39 member Senate.

The bill heads to the House where it died last year.

“Federal judges have no retirement age,” Lafleur said.

Lafleur said the change would allow state judges to serve “until they are ready to retire or get taken out of office by the electorate.”