(a) Testimony; violations.In an investigation of grounds for ouster the attorney general and the county attorneys
of the several counties of the state of Kansas shall have the power and they are hereby
authorized and directed whenever complaint has been made and the names of the witnesses
furnished them, or whenever they deem necessary, to issue subpoenas for such witnesses
so furnished them, and for such persons as they shall have reason to believe have
any knowledge of the truth of the complaint made, to appear before said attorney general
or county attorney, at a time and place to be designated in the subpoena, then and
there to testify concerning the subject matter set out in said complaint. Each witness shall be sworn true answers to make to all questions propounded to him
or her, touching the matter under investigation, and the testimony of each witness
shall be reduced to writing and be signed by the witness. The attorney general, assistant attorney general and the county attorneys of the several
counties of the state are hereby authorized and empowered to administer the necessary
oaths and affirmations to such witnesses.
(b) Penalties.Any disobedience to such subpoena, or refusal to answer any proper question propounded
by the attorney general, assistant attorney general, or county attorney, at such inquiry
shall be a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine of not more than five hundred
dollars ($500), or by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than six (6) months,
or by both such fine and imprisonment.
(c) Privilege and immunity of witness.No person shall be excused from testifying before said attorney general, assistant
attorney general, or county attorney at any such investigation, or be excused from
testifying at the request of the state in any proceeding brought under the provisions
of this article, on the ground that the person's testimony may incriminate him or
her; but no person shall be prosecuted or punished in any criminal proceeding on
account of any transaction, matter, or thing concerning which he or she shall be compelled
to testify; nor shall such testimony be used against him or her for any crime or
misdemeanor under the laws of this state.
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