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Hawaii Mandatory Retirement Age for Justices and Judges (2014)

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Mandatory Retirement Age for Justices and Judges
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Type:Constitutional amendment
Constitution:Article VI, section 3
Referred by:Hawaii Legislature
Topic:State judiciary

The Hawaii Mandatory Retirement Age for Justices and Judges, SB 886 is on the November 4, 2014 ballot in Hawaii as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure, upon voter approval, would increase the mandatory age of retirement for judges and justices from 70 to 80.[1]

This senate bill was sponsored in the legislature by State Senator Clayton Hee (D-23).[1]

Text of the measure

The text that will appear on the ballot is as follows:

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

Shall the mandatory retirement age for all state court justices and judges be increased from seventy to eighty years of age?

—Hawaii Legislature, Senate Bill No. 886, [1]

Support

The measure was introduced to the legislature by State Senator Clayton Hee (D-23).[1]

Supporters

Arguments

  • Gov. Abercromibe said, "As a matter of fact, [judicial retirement age is] a dead end. It deprives us of the opportunity to take full advantage of those who have had a career that has given them some depth of perception, of analysis and capacity that actually deprives us of legal minds and administrative capacity that would be most welcome on the Supreme Court.”[2]

Opposition

State Representative Denny Coffman (D-5) was the sole legislator to vote against SB 886.[1]

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the Hawaii Constitution

State Senator Clayton Hee (D-23) introduced a bill to the legislature to alter the constitution and put the measure before voters on January 18, 2013. The bill was approved through a two-thirds vote in both legislative chambers. SB 886 was approved by the Hawaii Senate on February 14, 2013. SB 886 was approved by the Hawaii House of Representatives on April 4, 2013.[1]

Senate vote

February 14, 2013 Senate vote

Hawaii SB 886 Senate Vote
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 22 100.00%
No00.00%

House vote

April 4, 2013 House vote

Hawaii SB 886 Senate Vote
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 50 98.04%
No11.96%

See also

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