WPR News
10:34 am
Mon February 15, 2010

Legislators push to repeal age limit for judges

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming House of Representatives continues to work on a bill that would lift the requirement that Wyoming District and Supreme Court Judges retire at the age of 70. Supporters call the current law "age discrimination."

During initial debate on Friday, Cheyenne Representative Pete Illoway said that if the federal government had such a law Wyoming would have lost out. "One of the finest district court judges who is still on the bench in the federal court, who has made some of the best decisions for Wyoming, would have retired about 15 years ago," he said.

Illoway was referring to U.S. District Judge Clarence Brimmer. Laramie Representative Kermit Brown also supported overturning the age law, saying a commission reviews judges' work. The bill will be debated two more times.