TIMELINE FOR GAMBLING IN NEW MEXICO 1993 TO 2017
1993—Bill legalizing state lottery defeated in legislature. New Mexico Coalition Against Gambling was organized. 1994–Legislature passed bill and voters approved Amendment 8, allowing the legalization of slot machines and a state lottery.
1995—NM Supreme Court ruled in Clark v. Canvassing Board that Amendment 8 was unconstitutional.
Governor Gary Johnson signed tribal gambling compacts with 13 tribes and pueblos without involving the state legislature. NM Supreme Court ruled in Clark v. Johnson that compacts were invalid. Feds allowed tribal casinos to operate in violation of law.
A state lottery was approved by the legislature and signed by Governor Johnson.
1997—District and 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the tribal compacts. State legislature adopts 2005 compacts and governor Johnson signs them.
Legislature approves and Governor Johnson signed law allowing racetracks and certain non-profit organizations to have slot machines.
1998—State Taxation and Revenue Department released study finding that casinos cannibalized state businesses.
2001—Tribal compacts amended, extending life of compacts, increasing revenue sharing.
2007—Tribal compacts amended again, extending life of compacts, increasing revenue sharing, Placed limits on number of casinos & racetracks tribes could operate.
2013—State organization changed brand name from New Mexico Coalition Against Gambling to Stop Predatory Gambling New Mexico to conform with national brand.
2015—Tribal compacts amended again, extending life of compacts to 2037, changing calculation for revenue sharing.
2017—New Mexico has 27 tribal casinos and mini-casinos, four operating racinos, and dozens of non-profits that have slot machines.
Stop Predatory Gambling New Mexico educates the state legislature and the governor as well as monitors the gaming control board, the racing commission and the lottery board.
Dr. Guy Clark is the chairman of the board of directors for Stop Predatory Gambling New Mexico, and can be reached at 505-259-7541 or at email@example.com.