A proposed new gaming compact has been approved by a legislative committee for
The vote was approved as 15 to 1 by the compact committee. It was decided on
after testimony was given for several hours by members of the public.
In the proposed compact there are new conditions that would be allowed. Casinos
would be able to operate around the clock daily. Regulations over food and
lodging compensation would be more relaxed. Also high rollers would be able to
The Senate must now vote on the proposed compact.
The current gaming compact with many of New Mexico's Native American tribes is
set to expire in a few months. Without an agreed upon compact, the tribes will
not be allowed to operate their casinos.
March 21 is the deadline for legislators to decide on the compact.
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