Judges and breakaway school district discussed at Capitol

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Lawmakers voted against changing a Louisiana law for judges Monday morning and the fate of the Southeast Baton Rouge School District is now on hold.

A Senate bill calling for a constitutional amendment or statewide vote on changing the mandatory retirement age for state judges was presented on the House floor.

SB 5 by Sen. Eric Lafleur, D-Ville Platte, would have allowed voters to decide if judges could remain in their position beyond the current retirement age of 70. It failed by nine votes.

Also, the bill calling for a statewide vote on the creation of a new Southeast Baton Rouge School District was returned to the calendar.

SB 73 by Sen. Bodi White, R-Baton Rouge, is the final step needed in order to create the new breakaway district from the East Baton Rouge Parish School System.

The measure requires a two-thirds vote in order to pass and may come up later in the day.

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