Lawmakers Weigh Benefits, Costs Of Pimlico Proposal

plan to revitalize Pimlico Racetrack and the surrounding neighborhood could stumble out of the gate as lawmakers question the long-term costs.

This is the fourth time in five years that the legislature has attempted to shore up the horse racing industry and the deteriorating Pimlico track.

As in 2020 and 2022, the legislation will occupy the final weeks of the legislative session. They have three weeks to agree and send the bill to the desk of Gov. Wes Moore (D) before April 8 at midnight.

Greg Cross, an attorney and chair of the Maryland Thoroughbred Racetrack Operating Authority, told the House Ways and Means Committee Tuesday that previous efforts all failed because of a reliance on a private company to improve racing facilities in the state.