Gov. Martinez To Sign Horse Racing Crackdown Bills

Apr 2, 2013

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez plans to sign legislation into law to finance more testing of race horses for illegal drug use and impose tougher penalties for violations.

The governor's office said Martinez is to sign the legislation Tuesday in Las Cruces

One measure is to provide an estimated $700,000 a year for testing by the State Racing Commission. The money will come from an existing tax on pari-mutuel wagering at horse racing tracks.

Under another bill, the commission could impose civil penalties up to $100,000 for violations of rules against performance enhancing drugs for horses.

The legislation to toughen regulation came after a New York Times investigation last year highlighted horse deaths and jockey injuries at tracks in New Mexico and across the nation.

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