The commissioner of human services shall investigate the whole system of public charities and charitable institutions in the state, especially infirmaries and public hospitals, and examine their condition and management. The commissioner may require the officers in charge of any such institution to furnish such information and statistics as the commissioner deems necessary, upon blanks furnished by the commissioner. The commissioner shall examine all plans for new infirmaries, or for repairs at an estimated cost of over $200, before the same are adopted by the county or other municipal board, and have an advisory supervision over all such institutions. Upon the request of the governor, the commissioner shall specially investigate any charitable institution and report its condition; and for this purpose the commissioner is hereby authorized to send for persons and papers, administer oaths, and take testimony to be transcribed and included in the report.
Official Publication of the State of Minnesota
Revisor of Statutes