(a) The Council, or any committee or person authorized by it, shall have power to
investigate any matter relating to the affairs of the District, and for that purpose
may require the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of books,
papers, and other evidence. For such purpose any member of the Council (if the Council is conducting the inquiry)
or any member of the committee may issue subpoenas, and administer oaths upon resolution
adopted by the Council or committee, as appropriate.
(b) In case of contumacy by, or refusal to obey a subpoena issued to, any person,
the Council by resolution may refer the matter to the Superior Court of the District
of Columbia, which may by order require such person to appear and give or produce
testimony or books, papers, or other evidence, bearing upon the matter under investigation. Any failure to obey such order may be punished by such Court as a contempt thereof
as in the case of failure to obey a subpoena issued, or to testify, in a case pending
before such Court.
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