Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Pueblos, Gov. OK Changes.(Legislature)

Byline: S.U. Mahesh Journal Capitol Bureau

New Compact Length Only Sticking Point

SANTA FE Gov. Gary Johnson and 11 casino-operating pueblos and tribes have agreed to make several proposed changes to a new Indian gambling compact as recommended by a legislative committee.

However, Johnson and the tribes rejected a proposal by the Committee on Compacts to set the term of the new compact at 13 years.

"I didn't see any real changes. I am actually surprised," Sen. Carlos Cisneros, D-Questa, who chairs the Committee on Compacts, said Friday.

Cisneros' committee proposed several changes to the new compact and sent it back to the governor earlier this week, and Johnson replied by letter to Cisneros on Friday. …

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