Governor Paul LePage has agreed to reopen the Downeast Correctional Facility to comply with an order issued by Maine Superior Court Justice Michaela Murphy. The order stated that the Governor did not have legal authority to unilaterally close the prison while it remained funded, and instead must do so with either legislative approval or wait until funding runs out on June 30, 2018. To comply with the order, the Governor has stated he plans to reopen the facility until the funding runs out on June 30. He also said that he will do so in the most fiscally responsible manner, which will include only five employees and a minimal number of inmates. On Tuesday, March 27, 2018, the Maine House of Representatives passed a bill that would fund the facility through the end of June 2019. However, the bill passed 95-53, just shy of the two-thirds required to override the anticipated veto by Governor LePage. The bill has now been placed on the Special Appropriations Table for consideration by the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee.