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Attempt to raise retirement age for judges in Louisiana fails

By: - May 31, 2022 3:48 pm
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The Louisiana Supreme Court Building on Royal Street in New Orleans, Dec. 7, 2021. (Wes Muller/Louisiana Illuminator)

A proposed constitutional amendment to raise the mandatory retirement age for Louisiana judges won’t go before voters after legislation to put it on the ballot failed Tuesday in a state Senate committee.

Rep. Larry Frieman, R-Abita Springs, sponsored the bill because he said there are very competent judges who are approaching 70 and “are being aged out.”

“We’re having trouble finding people that really want to run for judge at this point,” Frieman said.

Louisiana voters last got a say on the how long state judges can serve in 2014 when a proposed amendment would have removed the mandatory age of 70 entirely. The measure failed with 58% of ballots against the idea.

Retired Judge Glenn Ansardi of Jefferson Parish spoke to the committee, representing state district and city judges, in favor of Fireman’s bill. He said he would have run again if he hadn’t been “aged out” when his judicial term ended in 2020 and he was 74.

“With the improvements in medical procedures and general health overhaul, 70 today isn’t what it was many, many years ago,” Ansardi said, noting that several members of the Legislature have passed that age and many other elected offices have no mandatory retirement threshold.

After presenting his argument for the proposal Tuesday to the Senate Judiciary A Committee, there was no one on the panel who requested to advance it to the full Senate. Chairman Barrow Peacock, R-Bossier City, then moved to defer the bill, and there was no objection.


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Greg LaRose
Greg LaRose

Greg LaRose has covered news for more than 30 years in Louisiana. Before coming to the Louisiana Illuminator, he was the chief investigative reporter for WDSU-TV in New Orleans. He previously led the government and politics team for The Times-Picayune |, and was editor in chief at New Orleans CityBusiness. Greg's other career stops include Tiger Rag, South Baton Rouge Journal, the Covington News Banner, Louisiana Radio Network and multiple radio stations.