Rosecroft Raceway is set to re-open this Thursday, and gaming at the suburban Washington, D.C.-based, Penn National Gaming-owned track is already being discussed as a possibility by some in the Maryland state legislature.

“My personal view is, if we can have gaming across Maryland, why not have it in Prince George’s County, so we can benefit from the proceeds also?” House Delegate Carolyn J.B. Howard (D-Prince George’s), a former chairwoman of the county’s House delegation in Annapolis, told the Washington Post. “Times do change.”

Gaming at the track could help Prince George’s County with its $77 million budget deficit and to subsidize a planned $600 million hospital system. Penn National, for its part, acknowledged that success at the Fort Washington track will ultimately require legislative relief.

“Long term, it’s going to be pretty difficult without some sort of gaming,” Christopher McErlean, Penn National’s vice president for racing, told the Post. “We’ve been pretty upfront about that.”

Expanded gaming at Rosecroft can only come via passage of legislation by the General Assembly and approval of a statewide ballot measure. Penn National hopes to have the issue on the ballot in November 2012.