RACINO LICENSE STILL IN LIMBO
NEW MEXICO (Months after a lawsuit was drawn up by those associated with the Lordsburg proposal, the New Mexico Racing Commission voted yesterday to ratify a proposed settlement that would end the legal dispute that has kept the commission from making their final decision on the awarding the state’s sixth and final racino license. The commission who met behind closed doors to vote on the measure, also scheduled a special meeting on April 30th to discuss the license. The issue the lawsuit still faces is it is now up to a state district judge to approve or reject the settlement. The issue arose when a lawsuit was filed last year of the feasibility study that was conducted on each location. Earlier this month, the Hildago Downs group negotiated the proposed settlement with the state attorney general’s office and commission chairman ahead of their court hearing; the AP reports. Over the last few months the commission has repeatedly delayed taking a final vote to award the license, saying the issues with the legal dispute needed to resolved first. A request for more research and information regarding the selection process was requested by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.