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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