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Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 9:00 pm

New Mexico has too few auditors and inspectors to enforce regulations covering the $1 billion-plus gambling and horse-racing industries in the state, says a recent Legislative Finance Committee report.

The evaluation, presented to the committee last month, also found that proper oversight of casinos run by Indian tribes is hampered by the inability of the Legislature or the State Auditor’s Office to review tribal casino records. Provisions in the Gaming Control Act and tribal gaming compacts, the report says, limit “the Legislature’s ability to monitor the Gaming Control Board’s effectiveness as an oversight agency.”

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