270.83 EXAMINATIONS AND INVESTIGATIONS.
Subdivision 1. Powers of commissioner.
The commissioner shall have the power to examine
or cause to be examined any books, papers, records, or memoranda relevant to the determination
of the valuation of operating property as herein provided. The commissioner shall have the further
power to require the attendance of any person having knowledge or information in the premises, to
compel the production of books, papers, records, or memoranda by persons so required to attend,
to take testimony on matters material to such determination and administer oaths or affirmations.
Subd. 2. Appointment of persons; subpoenas.
For the purpose of making such
examinations, the commissioner may appoint such persons as the commissioner may deem
necessary. Such persons shall have the rights and powers of the examining of books, papers,
records or memoranda, and of subpoenaing witnesses, administering oaths and affirmations, and
taking of testimony, which are conferred upon the commissioner hereby. The court administrator
of any court of record, upon demand of any such person, shall issue a subpoena for the attendance
of any witness or the production of any books, papers, records, or memoranda before such
person. The commissioner may also issue subpoenas for the appearance of witnesses before the
commissioner or before such persons. Disobedience of subpoenas so issued shall be punished by
the district court of the district in which the subpoena is issued for a contempt of the district court.
Subd. 3. Failure to file report.
If any railroad company shall refuse or neglect to make
the report required by this section to the commissioner, or shall refuse or neglect to permit an
inspection and examination of its property, records, books, accounts or other papers when
requested by the commissioner, or shall refuse or neglect to appear before the commissioner or a
person appointed under subdivision 2 when required so to do, the commissioner shall make the
valuation provided for by Laws 1979, chapter 303, article 7, sections 1 to 13 against the railroad
company according to the commissioner's best judgment on available information.
History: 1979 c 303 art 7 s 4; 1986 c 444; 1Sp1986 c 3 art 1 s 82