Senate OKs bill to repeal district judge age limit

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The state Senate has approved a bill that would repeal the mandatory retirement age for district court judges.

The measure passed Thursday on a 41-5 vote and now heads the House for consideration. The current mandatory age for retirement is 75.

The measure only addresses district judges. Because mandatory age limits for the state's Supreme Court and Superior court were enacted with a constitutional amendment in 1952, a constitutional amendment would be required to change it. The Court of Appeals also has a set retirement age under state statutes, but is not addressed by the bill.