Senate rejects effort to increase judges' retirement age
Jan. 19, 2018
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Senate has rejected an attempt to increase the mandatory retirement age for judges from 70 to 75.
The Senate voted 13-11 on Thursday in favor of a proposed constitutional amendment, falling short of the required threshold for such measures. A three-fifths vote of both the House and Senate is required to send a proposed amendment to voters, who must approve it by a two-thirds vote to adopt it.
Democratic Sen. Donna Soucy of Manchester, who sponsored the amendment, said she was disappointed that only three Republican senators supported it. She says the wisdom and experience lost by forcing judges to retire at 70 is a shame. The current mandatory retirement age was adopted in 1791.