Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Rulings on Gambling Mired in District Court.(Final)(Editorial)


Indian gambling, and the millions of dollars it pumps into state coffers, continues to be a pressing issue for New Mexico. But the snail's pace of a crucial gaming lawsuit belies that importance.

The issue is pivotal to the entire relationship between the state and the gaming tribes. After years of intense political and legal fighting, the Legislature and most of the tribes in 1997 agreed to "compacts" under which the tribes were allowed to have gaming -- which generally is illegal elsewhere in the state. The compacts spelled out how much tribes would pay the state from their slot-machine revenues.

But the deal fell apart when a number of the tribes argued the revenue sharing was too high. …

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