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Wyoming Mandatory Judicial Retirement Amendment (2014)

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The Wyoming Mandatory Judicial Retirement Amendment will not appear on the November 4, 2014 ballot in Wyoming as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure was not voted on and approved by both legislative chambers in 2013 and was not reintroduced in 2014.

The measure would have removed a constitutional requirement that district court judges and state supreme court justices retire at the age of seventy.[1] In the 2013 legislative session, the proposed amendment was known as HJR 167.[2]

Support

Representative Dan Zwonitzer sponsored the measure.[1]

Supporters

  • Wyoming Supreme Court Chief Justice Marilyn Kite[1]

Arguments

  • Justice Kite argued that the forced retirement leads to a loss of experience and institutional knowledge on the bench. During her 2012 State of the Judiciary address, she said, "No other state government position is limited in such a way, and we are all realizing just how young that is and how much many of us can contribute after that age."[1]

Path to the ballot

See also: How to amend the Wyoming Constitution

A 2/3rds vote in both chambers of the Wyoming State Legislature is required to refer an amendment to the ballot.

HJR 167 was approved by the House Judiciary Committee on January 15, 2013. The Wyoming House of Representatives passed the amendment on January 17. The amendment, nonetheless, died on February 28, 2013 due to legislative adjournment.[3] The measure was not reintroduced into the state legislation in 2014.[4]

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