J. MILLARD TAWES, GOVERNOR 915
warrant action on its part, it may dismiss the complaint without
hearing. At least ten (10) days before the date it sets a time and
place for a hearing on a complaint, the Commission shall notify the
person complained of that the complaint has been made.
(b) The Commission may investigate any facts, conditions, prac-
tices, or matters which it may find necessary or proper in order to
determine whether any person has violated or is about to violate
any provision of this sub-title or any rule, regulation, or order there-
under, or to aid in the enforcement of the provisions of this sub-
title or in prescribing rules or regulations thereunder, or in obtaining
information to serve as a basis for recommending further legislation.
The Commission shall have the same power to proceed with any
investigation instituted on its own motion as though it had been
appealed to by complaint.
(c) If, after affording to interested persons reasonable oppor-
tunity for hearing, the Commission finds in any investigation insti-
tuted upon complaint or upon its own initiative, that any person has
failed to comply with any provision of this sub-title or any require-
ment established pursuant thereto, the Commission shall issue an
appropriate order to compel such person to comply therewith.
(d) For the purpose of any investigation or any other proceeding
under this sub-title, any member of the Commission, or any officer
designated by it, is empowered to administer oaths and affirma-
tions, subpoena witnesses, compel their attendance, take evi-
dence, and require the production of any books, papers, correspon-
dence, memoranda, contracts, agreements, or other records which the
Commission finds relevant or material to the inquiry.
Hearings; Rules of Procedure.
297. Hearings under this sub-title may be held before the Com-
mission, any member or members thereof, or any representative of
the Commission designated by it, and appropriate records thereof
shall be kept. All hearings, investigations, and proceedings under
this sub-title shall be governed by rules of practice and procedure
to be adopted by the Commission, and in the conduct thereof the
technical rules of evidence need not be applied. No informality in
any hearing, investigation, or proceeding or in the manner of taking
testimony shall invalidate any order, decision, rule, or regulation
issued under the authority of this sub-title.
Administration Powers of Commission; Rules, Regulations and
298. The Commission shall have power to perform any and all acts,
and to prescribe, issue, make, amend, and rescind such orders, rules,
and regulations as it may find necessary or appropriate to carry out
the provisions of this sub-title. Such rules and regulations may pre-
scribe the form or forms of all statements, declarations, applica-
tions, and reports to be filed with the Commission, the information
which they shall contain, and the time within which they shall be
filed. Unless a different date is specified therein, rules and regula-
tions of the Commission shall be effective thirty (30) days after
publication in the manner which the Commission shall prescribe.
Orders of the Commission shall be effective on the date and in the