25-1732. Investigation of actions of market charter holders — Hearings on complaints — Witnesses — Suspension or revocation of market charters — Violation of Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921 — Injunction — Hearing — Audit. The director may, upon his own motion, whenever he has reason to believe the provisions of this act have been violated, or upon verified complaint of any person in writing investigate the actions of any market charter holder, and if he finds probable cause to do so, shall file a complaint against the market charter holder which shall be set down for hearing before the director upon fifteen (15) days’ notice served upon such market charter holder either by personal service upon him or by registered mail or telegram prior to such hearing.
The director shall have the power to administer oaths, certify to all official acts and shall have the power to subpoena any person in this state as a witness, to compel the producing of books and papers and to take the testimony of any person on deposition in the same manner as is prescribed by law in the procedure before the courts of this state in civil cases. Processes issued by the director shall extend to all parts of the state and may be served by any person authorized to serve processes. Each witness that shall appear by the order of the director at any hearing shall receive for his attendance the same fees and mileage allowed by law to witnesses in civil cases appearing in the district court, which amount shall be paid by the party at whose request such witness is subpoenaed. When any witness has not been required to attend at the request of any party, but subpoenaed by the director, his fees and mileage shall be paid by the director in the same manner as other expenses of the director are paid.
All powers of the director herein enumerated in respect to administering oaths, power of subpoena, etc., in hearings on complaints shall likewise be applicable to hearings held on applications for the issuance of a market charter.
Formal finding by the director after due hearing that any market charter holder:
(a) Has ceased to conduct a public livestock market business for at least twelve (12) months; or
(b) Has been guilty of fraud or misrepresentation as to the titles, charges, number, brands, weights, proceeds of sale or ownership of livestock; or
(c) Has violated any of the provisions of this act; or
(d) Has violated any of the rules or regulations adopted and published by the director; or
(e) Has violated any of the provisions of the United States Packers and Stockyards Act, of 1921, as amended, or regulations relating thereto, shall be deemed a sufficient cause for the suspension or revocation of the market charter of the offending public livestock market operator. Provided, however, that if the director has reasonable cause to believe that a market operator has violated this act or said Packers and Stockyards Act, of 1921, as amended, or regulations pertaining thereto, it may petition the district court of the district in which said market is located to enjoin such violation by filing a verified complaint setting forth the acts constituting such violation. The court, if satisfied from such complaint that the act or acts complained of have been or are being or are about to be committed, may issue a temporary writ without notice or bond enjoining the defendant from operating said market pending a hearing of the director but no longer than twenty-one (21) days. An audit by the packers and stockyards division of the United States department of agriculture of said market shall be prima facie evidence of the facts therein contained. The director shall only use such audit or audits approved by the packers and stockyards division of the United States department of agriculture.
[25-1732, added 1961, ch. 201, sec. 14, p. 310; am. 1965, ch. 65, sec. 5, p. 100; am. 1967, ch. 221, sec. 2, p. 667; am. 1974, ch. 18, sec. 157, p. 364.]