The governor’s office did not immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press seeking comment.
Justice has been dogged by allegations of outstanding debts and fines related to his businesses.
Earlier this week he signed a bill approving a tax break for a struggling coal-fired power plant whose operator has an ongoing federal lawsuit alleging one of Justice’s companies owes it $3.1 million. He said that he didn’t know about the case and it’s insulting to suggest there was any impropriety.
In June, one of Justice’s companies agreed to pay a $1.23 million court-ordered sanction related to an unpaid fine. That same month, his coal companies promised to pay huge property tax debts to some counties in eastern Kentucky.
Federal prosecutors sued nearly two dozen of Justice’s coal companies in May to get them to pay about $4.8 million in unpaid mine safety fines.