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Lawyers criticize 'secret' deal in racino case

Lawyers criticize 'secret' deal in racino case

The Associated Press
April 05, 2019 06:24 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - More questions are being raised about a lack of transparency and conflicts of interest as New Mexico stumbles through a process that will decide who wins a lucrative license to operate the state's sixth and final horse racetrack and casino.

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A state district judge on Thursday instructed attorneys for the enterprises vying for the license to weigh in on a motion to dismiss a legal challenge over a study done as part of the selection process.

The lawyers have argued that the study was flawed.

Also at issue is a proposed settlement to resolve the challenge. Some attorneys told the judge it appeared to been negotiated in secret by Hidalgo Downs, the state attorney general's office and the chair of the state racing commission.

The attorneys say it's possible that open meeting laws were violated.

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