Fla. Senate votes to raise judges' retirement age

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A ballot proposal raising the mandatory retirement age for judges and Florida Supreme Court justices from 70 to 75 has won Senate approval.

But a similar measure is stalled in the House.

The Senate voted 38-1 for the proposed state constitutional amendment (SJR 408) on Wednesday.

It next goes to the House, where companion legislation (HJR 345) has yet to get a committee hearing. No more committee meetings are scheduled for the rest of the regular legislative session that ends March 9.

If it should get on the November ballot, the amendment would need 60 percent voter approval.

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