Created: 02/12/2014 4:48 PM
By: Russell Contreras, The Associated Press
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico Senate committee is seeking to force the state fair manager to answer questions about a much-debated lease that allowed Downs of Albuquerque to build a larger casino.
Senate Rules Committee chairwoman Sen. Linda Lopez introduced Wednesday a resolution to subpoena State Fair Manager Dan Mourning.
The resolution, which must be approved by the full Senate, came after the committee heard earlier in the week from current and former governmental appointees of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez who criticized her administration for rushing through the 25-year lease in 2011.
Critics have questioned whether political contributions influenced the deal.
Lawmakers say Mourning was invited this week but has not appeared before the panel.
Enrique Knell, a spokesman for the governor's office, says Mourning was at an Albuquerque hospital with his son.
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