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North Dakota Century Code Title 43. Occupations and Professions § 43-23.1-13. Investigations and proceedings

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1. The commission shall investigate any subdivision offered for disposition in this state and may:

a. Rely upon any relevant information concerning a subdivision obtained from the federal housing administration, the United States veterans administration, or any other federal agency having comparable duties in relation to subdivisions;

b. Require the applicant to submit reports prepared by competent engineers as to any hazard to which any subdivision offered for disposition is subject or any factor which affects the utility of interests within the subdivision, and require evidence of compliance in removing or minimizing all hazards reflected in engineering reports;

c. Require an onsite inspection of the subdivision by a person or persons designated by it.  All expenses incurred in connection with an onsite inspection must be defrayed by the applicant, and the commission shall require a deposit sufficient to defray such expenses in advance;

d. Make public or private investigations within or outside this state to determine whether any person has violated or is about to violate this chapter or any rule, regulation, or order hereunder, or to aid in the enforcement of this chapter or in prescribing rules and regulations and forms hereunder;  and

e. Require or permit any person to file a statement in writing, under oath or otherwise as the commission determines, as to all the facts and circumstances concerning the matter to be investigated.

2. For the purpose of any investigation or proceeding under this chapter, the commission or any person designated by it may administer oaths or affirmations, and upon its own motion or upon the request of any party shall subpoena witnesses, compel their attendance, take evidence, and require the production of any matter which is relevant to the investigation, including the existence, description, nature, custody, condition, and location of any books, documents, or other tangible things and the identity and location of persons having knowledge of relevant facts or any other matter reasonably calculated to lead to the discovery of material evidence.

3. Upon failure to obey a subpoena or to answer questions propounded by the investigator and upon reasonable notice to all persons affected thereby, the agency may apply to the district court for an order compelling compliance.

4. The commission may permit a person registered with the commission whose conduct or actions may be under investigation to waive formal proceedings and enter into a consent proceeding whereby orders, rules, or letters of censure or warning, whether formal or informal, may be entered against said person.

5. Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, all proceedings under this chapter must be in accordance with chapter 28-32.

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