NM panel endorses Navajo gambling compact

February 5, 2014 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A legislative panel recommended Wednesday that the New Mexico Legislature approve a proposed gambling compact that would allow the Navajo Nation to open three additional casinos.

The Committee on Compacts voted 12-4 to forward the gambling agreement to the House and Senate for a vote.

The proposal needs approval of the Legislature and the U.S. Interior Department to take effect.

Navajo leaders said after the meeting that they’re confident lawmakers will endorse the compact despite opposition from other tribes and pueblos who worry that more casinos will dilute their share of a saturated gambling market.

Three dozen Navajo casino workers attended the hearing, and Navajo President Ben Shelly said more workers would come to the Capitol as a show of support when the House and Senate Login to read more

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