SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers have approved a proposal to finance more testing of race horses to detect illegal drug use.
The House unanimously approved a measure on Monday to pay for stricter testing with revenue from a tax on pari-mutuel wagering at horse racing tracks.
The proposal, which goes to the Senate, will provide about $700,000 a year for testing by the State Racing Commission.
The measure will tap revenue that's helped finance improvements at the state fairgrounds, which is the site of a race track. The fairgrounds money ends in 2014 under current law and the legislation shifts it to drug testing in 2015.
The push for more testing came after a New York Times story described New Mexico as having the nation's worst horse safety record.