New Mexico Bill would Pay for more Testing of Race Horses

New Mexico regulatory officials want to test more racehorses for illegal substances and a legislator is proposing a way to pay for it.

A bill sponsored by Democratic Sen. Mary Kay Papen of Las Cruces would provide the Racing Commission with about $1 million a year for testing.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, that's nearly three times as much as the state now spends from its general fund to pay for testing.

Papen's bill would get the proposed additional money by redirecting horse-racing tax revenue that now pays for to pay off bonds for improving the state fairgrounds. That funding allotment is set to end in 2014.

The funding proposal is being offered at a time when the Racing Commission is taking other steps to crack down on horse doping.

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