Kate Harper http://wesa.fm en Plan to Raise State Judges’ Mandatory Retirement Age Advances http://wesa.fm/post/plan-raise-state-judges-mandatory-retirement-age-advances <p>State judges in Pennsylvania are one step closer to being allowed to serve until age 75 before they must retire.<br><br>A state House panel has approved a measure to increase the mandatory retirement age by five years.<br><br>Supporters say it strikes the right balance – updating the age limit for the first time since 1968, without increasing it to the point it would severely limit turnover in the courts.<br><br>Rep. Kate Harper (R-Montgomery County) notes changing the mandatory retirement age would require amending the state constitution.<br> Tue, 14 May 2013 18:44:36 +0000 Mary Wilson 9533 at http://wesa.fm State Lawmakers Mull Changes to Mandatory Retirement Age for Judges http://wesa.fm/post/state-lawmakers-mull-changes-mandatory-retirement-age-judges <p>The state constitutional mandate that Pennsylvania judges retire by age 70 is the subject of arguments before the Supreme Court next month, but that's not stopping state lawmakers from taking a swing at modifying mandatory retirement.<br><br>Given average life expectancy and the kinds of complex work that might be easier for people long on life experience, one House Republican is asking: Why are we kicking judges off the bench at 70?<br> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 14:10:02 +0000 Mary Wilson 8127 at http://wesa.fm