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NM House Approves Gaming Compact with Navajo Nation

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February 18, 2014

On Tuesday the House approved a new gaming compact between New Mexico and the Navajo Nation. The final vote was 36 to 30 in favor. This brings the proposed compact a step closer to be finalized. It will now move on to the Senate for approval. The current legislative session will adjourn on Thursday. It is uncertain if the compact will be voted on before then.

The current compact is scheduled to expire in the summer of 2015. A new compact is being proposed now in order to be prepared before that time. The new compact would end in 2037. It would allow for the development of three new casinos within 15 years.

Currently there are no limits on the amount of casinos that the Navajo Nation is allowed to own. Other tribal compacts with the state only allow for the operation of two casinos.

There are two casinos located near Farmington and Gallup that are owned by the Navajo Nation. They also own a low-stakes casino in Shiprock. However, that location is exempt from the regulation of the state. In total, 950 employees work at the Navajo casinos.

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