ORS 297.530¹
Subpoena authority of Secretary of State
  • enforcement
  • costs

(1) The Secretary of State may subpoena witnesses, require the production of accounts and do all things necessary to assure that the accounts and fiscal affairs of a municipal corporation are subject to a complete audit. If an accountant is denied access to any of the accounts or other information pertaining to the fiscal affairs of a municipal corporation, the accountant may request the Secretary of State to subpoena the accounts, or witnesses who may be able to furnish the necessary information. The accountant shall furnish to the Secretary of State such information as the Secretary of State determines necessary to carry out the provisions of subsections (1) and (2) of this section.

(2) If a person fails to comply with any subpoena issued under subsection (1) of this section, a judge of the circuit court of any county, on application of the Secretary of State, shall compel obedience by proceedings for contempt as in the case of disobedience of the requirements of a subpoena issued from the circuit court.

(3) All costs necessarily incurred by the Secretary of State or an accountant in carrying out subsections (1) and (2) of this section shall be paid by the municipal corporation. [1983 c.794 §§2,3]

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Authority of Secretary of State to audit Councils of Govern­ments, (1974) Vol 37, p 249; audits by Secretary of State of Oregon Parks Founda­tion, (1978) Vol 38, p 2105; county fair associa­tion as "state aided institu­tion," (1979) Vol 39, p 505; Secretary of State auditing state po­lit­i­cal parties' "dollar check-off" funds, (1979) Vol 40, p 101; Oregon Trade and Marketing Center, Inc. as subject to Municipal Audit Law or state audit law, (1988) Vol 46, p 97

Chapter 297

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Duty or authority of Secretary of State to con­duct performance audits, (1985) Vol. 44, p 381

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 297—Audits of Public Funds and Financial Records, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors297.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 297, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­297ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
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