PROFESSIONS, VOCATIONS, AND BUSINESSES
54-2808. Powers and duties of board. (1) The board shall have the power to adopt and amend rules including, but not limited to, a code of ethics and standards of conduct which may be reasonably necessary for the proper performance of its duties and the administration of this chapter and the regulation of proceedings before the board. It shall adopt and have an official seal. It shall have power to provide an office, office equipment and facilities and such books and records as may be reasonably necessary for the proper performance of its duties. The board may, by written agreement, authorize the division of occupational and professional licenses as agent to act in its interest.
(2) The board is authorized to enter into mutual aid agreements, interstate compacts, contracts or agreements to facilitate the practice and regulation of geology in this state.
(3) In carrying into effect the provisions of this chapter, the board, under the hand of its chairman and the seal of the board, may request the attendance of witnesses and the production of such books, records and papers as may be required at any hearing before it, and for the purpose of disciplinary matters pursuant to this chapter the board may request a district court to issue a subpoena for any witness or a subpoena duces tecum to compel the production of any books, records or papers. Subpoenas shall be directed to the sheriff of any county in the state of Idaho where such witness resides or may be found. Subpoenas shall be served and returned in the same manner as subpoenas in a criminal case. The fees and mileage of the sheriff and witnesses shall be the same as that allowed in district court criminal cases, which fees and mileage shall be paid from any funds in the state treasury available therefor in the same manner as other expenses of the board are paid. Disobedience of any subpoena issued by the district court or the refusal by any witness in failing to testify concerning any matter regarding which he may lawfully be interrogated, or the failure to produce any books, records or papers, shall constitute a contempt of the district court of any county where such disobedience or refusal occurs, and said court, or any judge thereof, by proceedings for contempt in said court, may, if such contempt be found, punish said witness as in any other case of disobedience of a subpoena issued from such court or refusal to testify therein.
(4) The board is hereby authorized in the name of the state to apply for relief by injunction in the established manner provided in cases of civil procedure, without bond, to enforce the provisions of this chapter or to restrain any violation thereof.
[54-2808, added 1971, ch. 137, sec. 8, p. 576; am. 1974, ch. 13, sec. 176, p. 138; am. 2002, ch. 266, sec. 6, p. 791; am. 2009, ch. 75, sec. 2, p. 210; am. 2022, ch. 94, sec. 39, p. 308.]